While all the talk is about incomings, Newcastle also need to move some players on this month. And one player who needs to leave more than most is Henri Saivet.
The midfielder joined the Magpies four years ago, but has been an absolute disaster. As soon as Rafa Benitez came in, his minutes dwindled. He’s been out on loan three times, but is yet to secure a permanent move away.
And Steve Bruce has provided a somewhat disappointing update on the 29-year-old.
“Saivet, nothing’s really happened,” Bruce told the Shields Gazette.
“He’s available and he needs to go and play somewhere.”
The fact that nothing has happened regarding Saivet’s departure is worrying. He’s a player who is just collecting a wage (£35k-a-week, no less), not registered in the Premier League squad and unable to make a difference. He turns up to training and that’s it.
Newcastle desperately need to get him off the wage bill, but that task is yet again proving to be difficult. This isn’t the first time a manager has tried to sell the Senegal international.
Saivet has only played eight times for the Magpies, although he did score a cracking free kick against West Ham back in 2017. But even that didn’t spark a renaissance.
He hasn’t had a look in under Bruce either, and the manager must be frustrated that he’s still turning up at the training ground everyday.
Will we be able to move Saivet on permanently this month? It doesn’t seem likely.