Newcastle were reported to have been in the hunt for OGC Nice forward Allan Saint-Maximin last summer. The report from last September asserted that Newcastle had launched an unsuccessful bid for the French U21 international over the summer.
A tweet from Get French Football News has again linked Saint-Maximin with Newcastle as well as Everton and Crystal Palace.
Everton, Crystal Palace & Newcastle United are interested in OGC Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin, according to Nice-Matin https://t.co/wBXHzye5QJ
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) May 26, 2019
This tweet comes a few days after the player had made the following comments about his future to French radio station RMC:
“I don’t know yet.”
“I will discuss it with my entourage to know what is best for me.”
“Things have moved forward and the trend is [that I will move] abroad.”
From these comments, it does look like the player is entertaining a move from Ligue 1.
Allan Saint-Maximin– exciting player likely to leave Nice this summer
Allan Saint-Maximin is a very versatile attacker who can play on both wings or as a center-forward. This season he has made 35 appearances scoring 6 goals while adding 4 assists.
His well-rounded ability has shown in that he has played 17 games centrally as either a center-forward or second striker with the other 18 games on either wing.
He had been heavily linked with AC Milan this past winter as well as with Arsenal more recently.
With big clubs like AC Milan and Arsenal linked, you could have guessed that he will not come cheap. His reported transfer fee is likely to be between £20M and £30M.
This is another exciting player that we have been linked with who would really strengthen the squad. The high fee does seem a bit risky for the overly cautious Newcastle.
However, the player is only twenty-two years of age and could blossom into a full French International. If he can reach those heights, he would be a bargain.