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Report – Newcastle To Go For Exciting Frenchman They Reportedly Agreed Personal Terms With Last Month


Get French Football News has reported via their Twitter account that Newcastle are back in for Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin according to L’Equipe.

Newcastle have been tracking the versatile Frenchman for some time and according to a report in Nice Matin from late last month, have already agreed personal terms with him.

As with Joelinton, Newcastle may have been working on deals prior to the arrival of Steve Bruce. They could have a plan in place to get Saint-Maximin in quickly after Joelinton is hopefully announced today.

Allan Saint-Maximin– already in contact with the player?

It had been reported in the local press that there were a few deals lined up for this week. We had assumed that it was Joelinton and former Chelsea midfielder Kyle Scott that were in the pipeline but maybe there is some movement of Saint-Maximin as well.

It was Get French Football News who originally reported of Newcastle’s interest back in May and then the fee was assumed to be between £20-30m. If it has come down from that or is in the low £20m range, this could be a great deal for Newcastle.

He made 36 appearances scoring 6 goals while adding 4 assists this past season for Nice. He is a very versatile attacker who can play on both wings or up front as a striker.

He played 17 games centrally as either a striker or just behind the striker, the with the other 19 games on either wing so he would be able to provide cover in multiple areas.

He has only just turned 22 in March which certainly fits the profile of a transfer target under Mike Ashley.

We’ll have to see if anything comes of this over the next week but we hope there is more than just Joelinton to be announced as time is of the essence for Newcastle to strengthen this squad.


66 comments so far

  • geordietom

    Jul 22, 2019 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #1

    if we have agreed terms with the lad and his club. ther’s just a medical to do get him signed …

    1
  • Swlabr

    Jul 22, 2019 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Lochinvar……keep up Neddy, keep up!!

    2
  • Muz

    Jul 22, 2019 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #3

    Something to ponder. Ashley was a big fan of buying REALLY cheap and selling at a profit. It’s his business model in everything he does.

    Joelinton at £46M and Saint-Maximin at £25M (if that’s to be believed) would go against that. Yes, he could be hoping that he’ll sell for double eventually but that would need a manager/coach who could actually get them to do their best stuff and improve their value.

    I’m at a loss to understand whatever’s happening at the club. Nothing makes sense.

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  • one fine day

    Jul 22, 2019 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Davis toons
    From earlier
    Understanding Newcastle and indeed this basket case of a club takes some doing at the best of times .Guess it’s why we love it .
    I salute you following us from singas as whenever I have been there it’s choc full of Liverpool in the sports bars so I understand your are outnumbered.
    Does Singapore have an nufc supporters branch ?
    One day when he is gone all this will be worth it .

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  • Jib

    Jul 22, 2019 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #5

    In Tsunki’s world
    Any blogger who dares to talk about players , transfers , or coaching staff
    is an Ashley apologist.

    6
  • lochinvar

    Jul 22, 2019 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #6

    Swlabr
    Neil – posting faster that a bolt of lightning….

    For the GOONERS match – the Ying Tong, ying tong song

    There’s a song that I recall
    My mother sang to me.
    She sang it as she tucked me in
    When I was ninety-three.
    I diddle, I. Who was that bum?

    Linton,Linton
    Linton, Linton
    Linton iddle i po
    Linton, Linton
    Linton, Linton
    Linton scores a goal

    2
  • Jib

    Jul 22, 2019 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #7

    Tsunki does remind me of Major Denis Bloodnok

    7
  • lochinvar

    Jul 22, 2019 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #8

    Muz@3
    I’m at a loss to understand whatever’s happening at the club.
    Nothing makes sense.

    Hasn’t it always been so
    That’s why no-one understands us – we have mind bending, unique views on life at NUFC.
    Expect David Attenborough to do a programme on the Geordie species soon.

    7
  • Markaccus

    Jul 22, 2019 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #9

    People STILL missing the point of the negative reaction towards the Bruce appointment. Here we go again…

    Personal feelings are irrelevant

    It’s the lack of ambition that his appointment represents.

    I’m beginning to repeat myself more times than the mad frog.

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  • Swlabr

    Jul 22, 2019 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #10

    The Goons,utter genius. For anyone who hasn’t heard it, well worth looking up the “I’ve got the time written on this piece of paper” sketch!!

    4
  • geordiemark

    Jul 22, 2019 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #11

    yeah of course we are, how many season tickets is there still to be sold hmmm

    3
  • RobLeenio

    Jul 22, 2019 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #12

    Markaccus, for what it’s worth, you and I have been beating a very similar drum the last couple of weeks.

    I don’t dislike Bruce as an individual, the Mackem thing is tedious and I’m stuggling to be excited about any new signings, welcome though they will be.

    Coach – irrelevant
    Signings – irrelevant
    Results (especially in pre-season) – irrelevant

    The only thing that matters for the long-term health of our club is the removal of our illustrious leader. Once Ashley goes, the brakes can come off the club and we can start to see it fulfilling its potential once more.

    The road to recovery may be long and difficult, but it has to start somewhere. We must not lose our focus on the main priority and spitting bile at Bruce and any inbounds is a waste of our energy.

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  • Jib

    Jul 22, 2019 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #13

    toon22
    Why are you on this blog ?
    toon22 (in the voice of Eccles)
    “Everybody’s got to be somewhere”

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  • Muz

    Jul 22, 2019 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #14

    RobLeenio and Markaccus – that’s what’s confusing me. You take an uninspiring manager like Bruce and supposedly the first signing the club makes is costing £46M and the only way he can increase in value, (if following his usual business pattern), is under the guidance of a better manager who can actually play him properly..

    Makes absolutely no sense. I’ve got theories but that’s because I’m a software developer and I have to at least attempt to see some logic in things that occur.

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  • hibbit

    Jul 22, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #15

    Muz

    my theory is “it’s not ashley’s money” how i don’t know but that’s where i’m at !!!!!!!!!!!

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  • simon376

    Jul 22, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #16

    Who was it that said we were signing this lad a couple of weeks back because the sale had gone through? I’m not thinking it has, just wondering who said it

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  • geordiemark

    Jul 22, 2019 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #17

    hibbit

    think youve made a good point there

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  • geordietom

    Jul 22, 2019 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #18

    Lyrics
    Tenor: There’s a song that I recall
    My mother sang to me.
    Spriggs (off): Oh! (a sigh)
    Tenor: She sang it as she tucked me in
    When I was ninety-three.
    Spriggs: I diddle, I. Who was that bum?
    Bluebottle + Spriggs:
    Ying tong ying tong
    Ying tong ying tong
    Ying tong iddle I po,
    Ying tong ying tong
    Ying tong ying tong (bluebottle drops behind)
    Ying tong iddle I po
    Spriggs: Keep lad up. Keep.
    Bluebottle: Keep up lad up.
    Both: Ying tong ying tong
    Ying tong ying tong
    Ying tong iddle I po
    Spriggs: lad
    Both: Ying tong ying tong
    Ying tong iddle I po (lad)
    Iddle I po (lad)
    Ying tong ying tong
    Ying tong (Spriggs: iddle) (Bluebottle: ying tong)
    Ying tong iddle I po
    Ying tong ying tong iddle
    Bluebottle (spoken):
    Ying tong iddle I po!
    (short raspberry, Secombe)
    Both: Oh!
    Ying tong ying tong
    Ying tong ying tong
    Ying tong iddle I po
    Ying tong ying tong
    Ying tong iddle I po
    Iddle I po!
    Ying. Ying tongy tongy.
    Ying tong iddle I po.
    Ying tong iddle I po.
    (Secombe under this: What a lovely lovely boy!)
    (or Secombe under this: What a lovely melody devine!)
    Ying ying ying tongy tongy.
    (Milligan: Get out the rifle, sir.)
    (or Milligan: Get off the record.)
    Yeeeng.
    Ying tong ying tong d’gy-n’o.
    Ying tong d’ga.
    (Secombe: Get away.)
    D’g d’g d’ga.
    Ying tong iddle I po.
    Seagoon: Hear that crazy rhythm
    Driving me insane.
    Strike your partner on the bonce (bonk?).
    (thump)
    Eccles: Ooh. I felt no pain.
    (Seagoon screeches)
    Seagoon, Bluebottle and Eccles:
    Ying tong ying tong
    Ying tong ying tong
    Ying…
    Soprano: Take me back to Vienna…Seagoon, Spriggs and Bluebottle (far off):
    Ying tong ying tong
    Ying tong ying tong
    Ying tong iddle I po
    Ying tong ying tong
    Ying tong iddle I po
    Ying tong ying tong
    Ying tong ying tong
    Ying tong iddle I po
    (Spriggs: where’s he going lad?)
    (BB: I don’t know)
    Ying tong ying tong
    Ying tong iddle I po
    Seagoon: LOOK OUT!
    (cry from Bluebottle)
    Ying tong ying tong
    Ying tong ying tong
    Ying tong iddle I po
    Ying tong ying tongDouble speed, but same tempo, Goons:
    Ying tong ying tong
    Ying tong ying tong
    Ying tong iddle I po
    Ying tong ying tong
    Ying tong iddle I po
    Iddle I po.
    Ying tong ying tong
    Ying tong ying tong
    Ying tong iddle I po
    Ying tong ying tong
    Ying tong iddle I po
    Iddle I po.
    One: Ying! Tongy tongy tongy.
    Yiddy diddy diddy da daaa. Ying diddy.
    Ying tong diddle. Yiddada boo.
    (rhythmic thigh slapping, raspberry)
    All Ying tong ying tong
    Ying tong iddle
    Ying tong iddle I po
    Ying tong ying tong
    Ying tong iddle I po
    Iddle I po.
    Eccles: Whoooooh!
    Ying tong iddle I po

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  • Muz

    Jul 22, 2019 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #19

    I don’t think a takeover is happening anytime soon, certainly not before the season starts but I think there’s an agreement in principle behind the scenes that will see BZG, (probably), acquire the club this season. I think while Ashley has been enjoying his free advertising his current financial situation is going to see him divest his toxic holdings and move into more stable, predictable areas like property.

    Sports Direct is worth 43% less than it was a year ago. 67% down from 5 years ago. For a man who famously tells everyone that his wealth is ‘wallpaper’ money, it means that his net value is down an equal amount nearly because most of his money comes from the shares he owns in SD. He is not on the bones, but I imagine his desire to keep his net worth over a certain amount would be important to him.

    If we are getting Joelinton in at £46M then that flies contrary to how he’s invested in players before, same philosophy as his tat shops; get em cheap and sell them for more. The acquisition of Joelinton is a massive gamble, even for a man who likes a gamble. I can’t see him making or authorising that kind of purchase without some kind of fall back.

    I know when Mansour was in the process of buying Man City, he had someone put on the board to start the ball rolling on transfers. We don’t have any new directors and I think he wouldn’t work like that because Ashley is notoriously private in his business and I think he’d not want people to know he was selling; would look like he was desperate and that could have a knock on effect.

    Again all pure speculation but something just doesn’t add up. Everything is so out of character. Even the bloody club getting a lick of paint doesn’t fall within usual operating parameters.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 22, 2019 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #20

    Toon22

    Hurry back, Geordie Tom is lost without you

    5
  • Tsunki

    Jul 22, 2019 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #21

    Job @5 try not lying for a second. Just try

    I support our unfortunate squad for doing as well as they can given the resources, none of this is their fault. I hope they do better than Ashley evidently wants them to do but I know that he will make life difficult if Bruce dares attempt a cup run, and will pull the plug on transfers if relegation is a remote possibility.

    As ever, I’m not behind Bruce, never will be he’s Ashley’s stooge. I’m not supporting Ashley soI won’t spend money with him. I will support but not pay into SDFC. That’s all. You carry on with the clown with your lying and stupid insults if you like but come back to this post to check once in a while before lying again, eh?

    12
  • toon22

    Jul 22, 2019 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #22

    JIB

    Wish I was as big a toon fan as you are

    Hahahahaha

    5
  • magpie6699

    Jul 22, 2019 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #23

    geordietom – My nickname at school was Eccles because they thought I looked like the character as shown on the Telegoons.

    1
  • geordietom

    Jul 22, 2019 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #24

    OP…

    humour mate keep it up …

    0
  • RobLeenio

    Jul 22, 2019 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #25

    Hibbit, to be fair (not having a pop at you, btw, just saying) it was never his money, it was always the club’s and therefore belonged more to us than to him, morally if not legally. I know what you’re saying re the current situation, though – even the Almiron transfer seemed out of character in terms of spend.

    Muz, confusion is the fallback position for us all at the moment. The communication blackout from the club is as bad as ever, at a time when we want to know more than ever before just what is going on.

    A simple statement on the chances of a takeover completing (any takeover in general, it doesn’t have to mention specific buyers), the real story behind Rafa’s departure, a confirmation of the club transfer policy and clarity over who is making the decisions on inbound and outbound transfers would go a long way to at least letting us know what’s going on.

    We wouldn’t even have to like what we heard, the current vacuum is far worse than any more bad news would be, in my opinion.

    5
  • geordietom

    Jul 22, 2019 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #26

    magpie …

    eccles some name for you mate …

    i like eccles cakes anyone else like them …

    2
  • geordietom

    Jul 22, 2019 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #27

    just watch the lad on youtube ( i know youtube ) canny pace good dribbler . bums off seats type of player.hope we get him …

    1
  • OneAlanShearer

    Jul 22, 2019 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #28

    Ashley has always paid for players in one lump sum but sold them in phased payments as far as i am aware, the new approach seems to be we can’t compete paying for players that way so…

    Joelinton costing lets say 15 million 2019,10 million 2020, 10million 2021..and so on. Effectively alowing him to still make a profit. Where this may fall down is if he doesnt sell them at a profit. However he is a gambler so it still fits in my opinion.

    If he brings in the now mooted 5 players followed by carroll or welbeck on a free after the window shuts we do stand a chance.

    My concern is we keep our best players to stay up and build on what we have, which is a sound defence apart from right back, need to bolster left back to, we have almiron, shelvey, longstaff as quality after that. 2 strikers, 1 winger, dm, full back would do that.

    2
  • geordietom

    Jul 22, 2019 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #29

    magpie …

    so you looked like Spike Milligan …

    0
  • toon22

    Jul 22, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #30

    In 12 years Jabba hasn’t once been interested in building a team
    He buys to sell with the team not really considered

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  • Jib

    Jul 22, 2019 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #31

    hibbit
    The only company vehicle like monochrome for acquisition that I know of
    is Newcaslte Ventures for Credit Karma.
    They took 9 months
    Following that time frame it could be March 2020 before it happens with NUFC

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  • RobLeenio

    Jul 22, 2019 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #32

    As it stands, and assuming (I know) we get them all over the line, we could potentially start the new season with a front three of Almiron, Joelinton and Saint-Maximin. That would be a Hell of a trio, which could potentially rival any in the Premier League.

    It feels a great deal like Firmino (Joelinton), Salah (Almiron) and Mane (Saint-Maximin).

    Yet, I’m unable to be excited about it as I know the club will still have Ashley’s boot on its throat and signing these players is merely papering over the cracks. It might be posh wallpaper, but at the end of the day the underlying problems will remain.

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  • Jib

    Jul 22, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #33
  • geordietom

    Jul 22, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #34

    OP …

    are you the frog . just your comment and then green thing appears as if by magic …

    1
  • Muz

    Jul 22, 2019 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #35

    RobLeenio – the blackout is what’s actually giving me even more thought on the matter. If BZG made statements to say they want/are buying NUFC and that isn’t the case, then the club is expected to quash those statements; in fact, it’s an obligation I’d say. But you get no admissions or denials from the club and we STILL haven’t had it.

    What we do have is a concerted effort by our regime friendly journos to pour cold water on any mention of BZG or any other party that might be interested in the club. I’m sticking with BZG as the choice because out of all of the potential buyers we’ve had lined up they’ve gone so far as to set up companies and engage solicitors to do their work. That doesn’t happen when you’re a tyre kicker.

    I’d suspect that since NUFC is a large asset held by Ashley, he’d be worried that his intention to sell could be construed as a sign of weakness in his position at SD or worries over the share prices. Investment firms smell blood in the water and that share price could drop even further and that’s why we have a blackout and his mates trying to poo poo the deal in the papers. So he’d never admit it in that case.

    He’s also stymied and can’t state openly he isn’t selling because that would be an official announcement and that could drive his share price up. Which would be good for him in the short term but his taking on of toxic debt from HoF as just one example would bring it back down. He makes a statement that affects share price and someone loses out because of it, he’s actually broken the law.

    Again, pure speculation, but there’s something very strange going on at that club. More so than ever.

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  • Jib

    Jul 22, 2019 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #36

    Whoops I meant
    magpie6699

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  • geordietom

    Jul 22, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #37

    jib …
    aye but that was for people who could afford a tv …

    it was prince charles favourite show …

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 22, 2019 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #38

    Tom

    If only I was, it would be a proud.

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  • geordietom

    Jul 22, 2019 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #39

    jib …

    clanger dropped …

    dont get started about the clangers …

    😀

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  • Jib

    Jul 22, 2019 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #40

    Just because a player is registered to play for NUFC
    doesn’t necessarily mean the club owns the player.

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