Newcastle United have agreed a £4.5m fee with Ligue 1 club Bordeaux for the signing of 25-year-old winger Henri Saivet, club manager Willy Sagnol confirmed on Monday.

“Saivet has been the most important player of the first six months of this season,” Sagnol said.

“He wanted to leave the club as he was in need of a new challenge. He’s been here for a while. I’ve given him my blessing to leave.”

It is understood the Senegal international is currently in England alongside his agent to finalise talks with the Magpies.

Bordeaux have a verbal agreement in place to sell Saivet for £4.5m with a further £730,000 following based on appearances.

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