The Northern Echo have revealed that Newcastle United are bracing themselves for an enquiry from Tottenham Hotspur for Allan Saint-Maximin.
The report reveals that both Spurs and Chelsea are interested in Saint-Maximin, who scored five goals and registered five assists in the Premier League last season (Transfermarkt).
Both Antonio Conte and Thomas Tuchel are said to be ‘pondering a move’ for the 25-year-old, who has four years left on his contract at St James’ Park.
Newcastle are thought to value the Frenchman at around £40m and it is asserted that Eddie Howe’s men would face a tough decision if one of the two London clubs table an offer for the wide-man.
This is because the fee the Magpies would receive for Saint-Maximin would potentially allow them to push ahead with a move for their key transfer targets.
The Northern Echo explain that Newcastle have been priced out of moves for both Moussa Diaby and Alexander Isak in the last couple of weeks but they would be able to make a renewed approach for the pair if they cash in on the former Nice star.
Spurs Web Opinion
Tottenham’s interest in Saint-Maximin makes sense in light of five substitutions being allowed in the Premier League. Having the option to bring on a player with the Frenchman’s dribbling ability as an impact substitute against tired legs, sounds like a tantalising prospect.
In Kane, Son, Richardson, Moura and Kulusevski, Spurs are well-stocked in the attacking department but the links to Saint-Maximin and Zaniolo suggest that Conte is in favour of adding one more wide player to the squad.
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