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West Brom should act fast to sign Henri Saivet

West Brom should act fast to sign Henri Saivet

Turkish Football are reporting, via Fanatik, that Newcastle United’s Henri Saivet is a target for Sivasspor. 

The Senegal international joined Newcastle from Bordeaux in January 2016, but since his switch to St James’ Park, he hasn’t been able to establish himself at the club.

Loans spells with Saint-Etienne and Sivasspor have since followed, and now the Turkish outfit appear to want to make his transfer a permanent one.

Before Saivet turns his back on English football though, some Championship sides, particularly West Brom, may want to consider investing in the man valued at only £1.8 million by Transfermarkt. It was only in January that the same site considered him to be worth £4.5 million. 

The Breakdown

Things haven’t worked out for him on British shores yet, but Saivet is a talented attacking midfielder. He struggled for inclusion in the Premier League, but certainly has the quality to be much more impactful in English football’s second tier.

West Brom boss Darren Moore has a huge amount of squad rebuilding to do this summer. Following the Baggies’ relegation from the Premier League, lots of key figures in the squad have departed. 

Saivet would likely be available at a knock down price, and the opportunity to bring a much needed attacking talent to the Hawthorns, without breaking the bank, is one that Moore can’t afford to miss.

In Nacer Chadli, Matt Phillips and James McClean, West Brom do have some attacking options remaining in their squad. To assume all of those will stick around for the rest of the summer though is fanciful, and besides, they’re all wingers. 

Bringing some creative quality to the middle of the park is paramount for West Brom during this window. Bringing in Saivet now would go some way to alleviating this issue. 

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