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DONE: Newcastle announce Henri Saivet signing

Magpies complete first signing of January

Newcastle United Football Club have announced the signing of Henri Saivet from French club Bordeaux.

The 25-year-old has put pen to paper on a new five-and-a-half-year deal at St James’ Park and becomes the club’s first signing of the January transfer window.

However, the centre-midfielder isn’t expected to be the only midfielder arriving at the club this month with reports emerging this morning that a £12million bid has been accepted from Swansea City for Jonjo Shelvey.

Saivet made his first-team debut for Bordeaux back in 2007 after he successfully developed through their academy. He then went on to make just shy of 200 appearances for the Ligue 1 club, scoring 23 goals.

After arriving at Newcastle, the midfielder spoke to the club’s official website and revealed his excitement at joining the Premier League side.

Statements

“I am very happy to be here at Newcastle,” said Saivet.

“I am really proud to be able to play for this Club, and I am really excited at the challenge that lies ahead.

“St. James’ Park is a really impressive and special stadium. In France there is nothing that compares to this, and I can’t wait to get out there with my new teammates and help the team climb the table.”

Steve McClaren also spoke to the club’s website and discussed the new signing.

McClaren said: “Henri is someone the Club have been watching for a while, and he has developed into an excellent player at Bordeaux.

“This is someone with a very good mentality, who is a tough player and a winner. Those are key qualities you need in the Premier League and we are looking forward to seeing him pulling on the Newcastle United shirt.”

Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt

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