Report: Despite one game and one goal this season, Newcastle misfit Henri Saivet set for exit, decision in hours

Henri Saivet of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Newcastle United at London Stadium on December 23,...

Newcastle's Henri Saivet is reportedly set to join Montpellier.

Newcastle United's Senegalese midfielder Henri Saivet (C) controls the ball during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park in...

According to major French newspaper L'Equipe, Newcastle United midfielder Henri Saivet is in talks over a move to Montpellier, with an agreement potentially imminent.

The Magpies swooped to sign midfielder Saivet from Bordeaux back in January 2016, and he was seen as a smart signing having impressed in French football.

Henri Saivet of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Newcastle United at London Stadium on December 23,...

However, the Senegal international played just four times after his arrival, and was sent back to France with Saint-Etienne in the summer of 2016, joining the Ligue 1 side on a season-long loan deal.

Saivet returned to St. James' Park this season despite suggestions of a summer exit, and once again assumed a bit-part role under Rafael Benitez before a shock start – and goal – against West Ham United last month.

The midfielder hasn't played in the Premier League since then though, and with just 10 minutes of FA Cup action since that West Ham game, Saivet looks to be leaving Tyneside.

Saint-Etienne's French midfielder Henri Saivet reacts after losing a goal during the French L1 Football match between AS Saint-Etienne and Lorient FC on February 12, 2017, at the Geoffroy...

French newspaper L'Equipe report that Montpellier are in advanced talks to land Saivet on loan for the rest of the season, with an option to buy him for €5million (£4.4million) in the summer transfer window.

It's claimed that a decision is expected in the coming hours, meaning Saivet could be set for another return to France in the very near future.

Anthony Martial of Manchester United and Henri Saivet of Saint-Etienne in action during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 first leg match between Manchester United and AS Saint-Etienne at...

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