With over half of the January transfer window gone, it has come as no surprise that Newcastle are yet to complete any business in the market considering the stall in the club’s takeover talks.
However, a first deal appears close to being gotten over the line, with French publication L’Équipe reporting that Montpellier have reached an agreement with the club over a loan deal for Toons midfielder Henri Saivet.
An option to buy for £4.4million is included in the contract, and the 27-year-old might have played his last game for Newcastle.
The transfer should clear the way, in terms of space and funds, for an arrival after manager Rafa Benitez has been told he needs to get the outgoing transfers done for incomings to be completed.
Saviet has only made 4 appearances this term, with the league goal against West Ham the only highlight of what has been another disappointing campaign.
Benitez would have preferred an outright sale as he’s badly in need of funds, but the deal is nevertheless bound to open doors for others on the cards to get done as soon as possible.