Earlier on Monday, we relayed a report from France regarding the future of Newcastle midfielder Henri Saivet and Saint-Étienne’s interest in the midfielder.
The club’s vice-president Roland Romeyer claimed the former Bordeaux captain was on their shortlist to reinforce their midfield, but it seems Christophe Galtier, the Ligue 1 side’s manager, isn’t as keen.
Not making an appearance for the Championship club since February 2nd, Saivet is anything but match ready, which is the main worry for the man in charge of Saint-Étienne.
He said: “I know he’ll be lacking match fitness.”
Compared to their other target Jordan Veretout, who was a regular for Aston Villa last year, Saivet seems like the worst pick of the two, especially when you take into account the fact the player is also likely to represent Senegal in the African Cup of Nations later on this season.
Saint-Étienne, however, would be prepared to take on half of the player’s €200k/week wages for the duration of a loan, according to Le Progrès.
With two Championship games already gone, and no sign of Saivet, a move away seems the likeliest option for the 25-year-old, but is the gamble really worth it?
Let’s hope for him he doesn’t become the next Sylvain Marveaux.