Newcastle fans suffering from a hangover at the bar after their 1-0 loss to Watford in the FA Cup will be feeling slightly more cheery, with French publication L’Equipe reporting that the Magpies are closing in on a deal to sign Bordeaux midfielder Henri Saivet.
Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth are also reportedly interested in signing the 25-year old, who is capable of playing out wide or in central midfield, but the word around the Tavern is that the Cherries would rather wait until the summer for a deal, which will provide Newcastle with an opportunity to return with an improved offer.
The Magpies are willing to offer Saivet a five-year deal as they look to fend off interest from a host of Premier League rivals.
Any deal for Saivet would all but confirm a departure for Cheick Tiote, who is wanted by Chinese Premier League side Shanghai Greenland Shenhua.
The Ivory Coast international was signed from FC Twente for £3.5 million back in August 2010, and has 18 months left on his contract.
But the 29-year old has hinted that he is ready to leave St James’ Park this month and would look to team up in Shanghai with former Newcastle striker Demba Ba.
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