Newcastle United are gearing up to be on the receiving end of a potential transfer offer for Allan Saint-Maximin, who is a target for Tottenham Hotspur, according to The Northern Echo.
Tottenham’s interest in Saint-Maximin has strengthened over the past few days, with Chelsea also being in a similar boat at this moment. The Frenchman is contracted at St. James’ Park for four more seasons, with his current price tag being set in the region of £40million.
Antonio Conte has suggested that his side could still make some rumblings in the transfer market (90min), while Thomas Tuchel is eager to bolster his frontline even with Raheem Sterling’s addition (Football365). Both London clubs could table an offer for Saint-Maximin as a result to meet their current needs.
Newcastle could contemplate the prospect of selling Saint-Maximin as they were priced out of moves for Moussa Diaby and Alexander Isak recently. A financial boost from parting ways with their star man could pave the way for them to make some re-attempts, although they may choose to keep hold of the attacker as well.
We have already reinforced the attacking department to an extent after bringing in Richarlison from Everton for £60million (BBC). He would be a solid option to backup Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min with his excellent flexibility to play across several places in the frontline.
However, it is also good to have at least one backup for each position, with Conte utilising a three-man attacking front since joining us. Hence, Saint-Maximin’s signing would make sense with Bryan Gil being in line to leave us once again on a loan deal, with Sampdoria being a potential destination (SampNews24).
Steven Bergwijn has also left to join Ajax for a fee of £26.4million (Sky Sports), which leaves Son as the only left-winger in our ranks. Richarlison is likely to play second fiddle to Kane, while Ivan Perisic was brought in from Inter Milan on a free transfer (The Sun) for the left wing-back spot.
Hence, the 25-year-old could prove to be a solid acquisition for us if the Magpies are open to selling him. Saint-Maximin has earned a name for himself with his ability to pose a threat during transitions with his renowned dribbling skills. That makes him a perfect Conte player, but whether we can sign him or not remains to be seen.