Report explains Newcastle's changed transfer plans, Henri Saivet can't leave on loan

Newcastle United's Henri Saivet

Newcastle are reportedly avoiding signing players from France.


Newcastle United's Henri SaivetNewcastle United's Henri Saivet

According to The Chronicle, Newcastle United are changing their transfer plans, and will try and avoid signing signing players from France.

The Magpies have suffered relegation to the Championship, and manager Rafael Benitez needs to be smart in the transfer market as Newcastle chase immediate promotion back to the Premier League.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

Some big-name players may look to leave St. James' Park for immediate returns to the Premier League, and having made a number of poor signings in recent years, Newcastle have to get it right in the transfer market this time around - and a change in policy appears to be on the cards.

The Chronicle report that Newcastle will now attempt to avoid bringing in players from French football, having relied heavily on signing players from Ligue 1 in recent years.

General view of the top of the Stadium

The likes of Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Hatem Ben Arfa, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran, Remy Cabella, Florian Thauvin and Emmanuel Riviere have all joined Newcastle in recent years with varying levels of success, and now it seems that Newcastle are prepared to change their plans.

Instead, Newcastle will focus on signings young players from the UK, who can ultimately develop and grow into future Premier League players, for whenever the Magpies return to the top flight.

Newcastle United's Henri Saivet in action with West Ham's Mark Noble

That means that January signing Henri Saivet could be the final signing from France for some time, and his unhappy spell at St. James' Park could even come to an end this summer.

The 25-year-old made just four appearances for Newcastle following his January move from Bordeaux, and its claimed that he would welcome a return to France this summer - but the Magpies are only willing to sell him, and won't loan him out having allowed Cabella and Thauvin to leave temporarily over the last year.

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