Newcastle United complete signing of Ligue-1 midfielder

Newcastle United have completed the signing of Henri Saivet from Bordeaux in a £5million deal, according to reports from Sky Sports.

Saivet was only recently linked with a switch to St. James’ Park, but the Magpies moved quickly to complete the transfer with the 25-year-old signing a five-year deal on Monday.

This makes the Senegal international their first capture of the January window, and the midfielder is extremely happy that he made the jump from Ligue-1 to the English top flight.

“I am very happy to be here at Newcastle,” he told Newcastle’s official website.

“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 team-mates and help the team climb the table.”

Toon boss Steve McCalren is also delighted with Saivet’s arrival, with the former England manager revealing that the club have been watching him for some time before deciding to bring him to St. James’ Park.

He 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.”

Saivet has been with Bordeaux his entire career, making his first team debut as a 17-year-old back in the 2007-2008 season against Lens.

Last season, Saivet made 27 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals and supplying one assist.