Newcastle midfielder Henri Saivet explains how two former teammates convinced him to join them at St James' Park

The former Bordeaux midfielder completed a £4.5m move to the Magpies earlier in the month.

Henri Saivet has explained that it was what Gabriel Obertan and Yoan Gouffran said about Newcastle United that helped convince him to make the move to St James' Park during the January transfer window, the Newcastle Chronicle reports.

The midfielder played alongside both men at former club Bordeaux, and admitted that it was their views on the club that helped him make his mind up that a £4.5m move to Tyneside (via Chronicle) was the right switch for him. 

"I played with Gabby Obertan and we did about three or four years together; we have stayed quite close since," he told the Chronicle.

"I spent three or four seasons with Yoan Gouffran as well at Bordeaux.

"I did speak to them [before signing] and they only ever said good things about Newcastle as a club."

Newcastle supporters will be hoping that Saivet's arrival coincides with the kind of run that takes them away from danger as they currently find themselves in the Premier League's relegation zone. 

And while the 25-year-old only featured for just over half an hour of the side's important 2-1 victory over West Ham at the weekend, and failed to make much of an impact, his arrival, along with the acquisition of Jonjo Shelvey from relegation rivals Swansea, appears to have injected a new lease of life in the club that may be enough to create the momentum needed to beat the drop.

If he can help the club stay up, then Newcastle fans will have plenty to thank Obertan and Gouffran for. 

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