Newcastle United have completed the signing of Bordeaux midfielder Henri Saivet on a five-and-a-half-year deal for a fee believed to be around £5m.

The 25-year-old Senegal international becomes Steve McClaren’s first January signing and swaps Ligue 1 for the Premier League after making 178 appearances in nine years at Bordeaux – after making his debut aged 17.

Saivet came through the ranks at his former club, scoring 23 goals along the way before seeking a new challenge and following the footsteps of former team mate Yoan Gouffran.

Speaking of his move to Newcastle, Saivet said: “I am very happy to be here at Newcastle,”
“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 teammates and help the team climb the table.”

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren added that Newcastle have been monitoring Saivet for some time and that the midfielders mentality and playing style convinced him that he would be a good signing for the Magpies.

Saivet will go straight into the Newcastle squad to face Manchester United at St James’ Park on Tuesday night.