Newcastle United midfielder Henri Saivet looks set to be heading for the exit door, according to Turkish outlet Olay.

The 27-year-old has found game-time limited at St James’ Park since arriving in 2016, having made just three Premier League starts in that time.

Now, reports suggest Saivet is set to join Turkish outfit Bursaspor on a season-long loan after he didn’t travel to Portugal with his current club.

The deal would see Rafa Benitez receive no loan fee for the Senegalese midfielder, who currently has three years left on his contract with The Magpies.

Saivet’s only league appearance last season came against West Ham United, as he scored his side’s first goal in a 3-2 victory at the London Stadium.

That could prove to be his only goal in Newcastle colours too, as he isn’t part of Benitez’ future plans.

Saivet’s move to Turkey won’t be unfamiliar as he made a loan move to Sivasspor in January, featuring 12 times with five of those appearances coming from the bench.

It has been an unsuccessful Magpies career to date for the 27-year-old, as he was also shipped out to St Etienne for the whole 2016/17 campaign.

That loan spell proved to be more fruitful as he gained 21 valuable starts and six substitute appearances, scoring in a 2-0 triumph over Caen.

Saivet’s future on Tyneside looks rather bleak and a permanent exit could be next, unless his second spell in Turkey can persuade Benitez otherwise.


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