According to Turkish website Olay, Newcastle defender Henri Saivet is on his way out of St James’ Park and heading to Turkish club Bursaspor.
The defender has agreed terms with the Turkish club, and this brings to an end a terrible three-year spell in the northeast for the Senegalese Saivet (valued at £1.8m Transfermarkt.co.uk), who only featured a paltry four times.
Alongside the rumoured transfer of Achraf Lazaar, this would further increase the profit Newcastle have made over the summer through transfers, something that will not please many fans.
Newcastle recruited centre back Federico Fernandez as a centre back over the summer, however, the recent injury to DeAndre Yedlin put Newcastle at risk of being very stretched in defence. However, after being dealt the news that Yedlin’s injury is not as bad as first feared, Rafa Benítez may be willing to unload some of the deadweight members of his team.
After such a disastrous spell at St James’ Park, that saw the player loaned out twice, it is no surprise that Saivet wants to leave for northwest Turkey, or that Benítez wants him gone.
The danger is that if Newcastle continue to sell players, owner Mike Ashley will continue to incur the wrath of the faithful Newcastle fans, that bemoan the lack of investment in the club over the past seasons by the retail entrepreneur.
Newcastle got off to a bad start to their Premier League campaign, going down 2-1 to Tottenham at St James’ Park on Saturday. They will hope to get their season under way when they travel to newly promoted Cardiff this Saturday.
Despite the inability to buy a replacement now for Newcastle, it’s the right move to let this washout go.