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 United are back in for OGC Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin, after Les Aiglons brought their asking price down. More follows tomorrow. (L’Éq)
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) July 21, 2019
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.