Newcastle United midfielder Henri Saivet is on the verge on exiting the club on an initial loan deal as top flight French side Montpellier hold advanced talks over his signing, according to a report.
French publication L’Equipe claim on their website that the Ligue 1 club are closing in on securing the temporary capture of the 27-year-old central star, with the deal said to include a £5million clause to make the move permanent.
The two clubs are said to be in the latter stages of negotiations and that a deal could be agreed as early as Wednesday afternoon, which would be the first senior transfer deal either in or out of Newcastle during the January transfer window.
The central midfielder has just three appearances for the first team squad this season, netting his first Newcastle goal in his only league outing against West Ham, which take him to a total of just seven outings since signing in 2016.
Football Insider verdict
While Saivet did show great resilience into forcing himself back into manager Rafael Benitez’s plans, albeit in the midst of an injury crisis, his exit has always seemed among the likeliest of those at the club. He has not been favoured by Benitez at any stage of his career on Tyneside and with the opportunity to bring some monetary funds in while clearing out the squad, it seems a sensible deal. They would no doubt have hoped to see him depart permanently, but if this is the best option available then it will have to do, and his will not be the only exit this month if Benitez gets his way.
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