Henri Saivet could be set to leave Newcastle United this summer should an acceptable offer come in for the midfielder, according to Chronicle Live.

Toon boss Rafa Benitez has suggested the Senegal international is not in his plans at St. James’ Park this upcoming season, having joined the Magpies in 2016 for a fee of around £5 million.

Saivet had a taste of Premier League football with Newcastle when he arrived, however he only went on to make four appearances in the remaining months of the campaign.

Having spent the whole of last year in Ligue 1 with Saint-Etienne, the 26-year-old has failed to impress the Geordie faithful, who would not be disappointed to see the midfielder leave the club on a permanent deal.

An exit from the north-east seems likely for Saivet, after being left out of the match day squad for their friendly with Preston North End at Deepdale, despite his involvement with the club’s pre-season tour of Ireland.

“To be fair it normally depends on other clubs,” Benitez told the Chronicle Live.

“We continue to monitor every situation.”

With the Magpies return to the top-flight, Benitez is keen to add strength and depth to his squad in order to help them to beat the drop next year, with the likes of Florian Lejeune, Christian Atsu, Jacob Murphy and Javier Manquillo all arriving at the club this summer.

Despite all the new names entering the fold at Saint James’ Park in the next few months, it is expected their could also be some fewer familiar faces still in the black-and-white stripes of the Toon Army.

As well as Saivet, Chancel Mbemba, Karl Darlow and Aleksandar Mitrovic are facing possible departures from the north-east of England, according to the report, with Benitez keen on making more transfer funds available to help his first-team go from strength to strength.

Newcastle are in the market for new players and a goalkeeper and striker look like priorities for the Tyneside club ahead of the Premier League campaign kicking off next month.


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