Newcastle sign midfielder Henri Saivet from Bordeaux
By Peter Gilbert
Last Updated: 12/01/16 6:12am
Newcastle have announced the signing of Senegal international midfielder Henri Saivet from Bordeaux for an undisclosed fee.
The 25-year-old has signed a five-and-a-half year deal at St James' Park and arrives for a fee believed to be around £5m.
Central midfielder Saivet made 178 appearances for the Ligue 1 side since making his first-team debut in 2007 at the age of 17.
The 25-year-old, who has won nine caps for Senegal, scored 23 goals for Bordeaux and featured against the Magpies twice in the Europa League in the 2012.
"I am very happy to be here at Newcastle," said Saivet on Newcastle's 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."
Newcastle head coach Steve 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."