Journalist: Reported Newcastle transfer deal set to deliver January boost for Benitez
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez will be handed a boost to his hopes of securing transfers if and when the reported exit of Henri Saivet goes through, according to a journalist.
The Chronicle’s Mark Douglas claims on his personal Twitter account that the deal claimed by L’Equipe, which will see the midfielder depart on an initial loan with a £5million transfer clause added, appears to be a “goer”, and that it will help clear up space and funds for the rest of the window.
Sounds as if Henri Saivet to Montpellier is a goer. Outgoing at #nufc should clear the way for incomings (finally)….
— Mark Douglas (@MsiDouglas) January 17, 2018
Newcastle are yet to see any senior arrivals or exits halfway through the current window, with Benitez reportedly lacking the finances to swoop for his targets, and that the sales of current players will help improve the transfer kitty made available to him.
Saivet has just four appearances under his belt this season, with one goal coming in his solitary league appearance against West Ham earlier in the campaign.
Football Insider verdict
Newcastle are in desperate need of transfer activity in terms of both incomings and exits, and will likely struggle to see any new faces through the door without shipping off some of the dead weight already at the club. Benitez will be hoping that Saivet can be joined by the likes of Jack Colback and Aleksandar Mitrovic in securing exits this month, although permanent deals will no doubt be sought ahead of loan moves. The possibility of a first team star leaving seems unlikely, although a big money offer might turn Benitez’s head considering his lack of funds at present.
In other Newcastle United news, the club have been handed a boost after suffering the ultimate hammer blow in takeover talks.