Allan Saint-Maximin: 'Ridiculous' Newcastle transfer claim issued after £50m update - pundit
Noel Whelan has insisted selling Allan Saint-Maximin would be “ridiculous business” from Newcastle United this summer.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 25-year-old is “unsellable” to the Magpies right now.
The Daily Mail (2 April) claim Newcastle are willing to listen to offers of around £50million for the French winger at the end of the season.
The same newspaper has since reported (11 April) the north east giants are looking at Brighton’s Leandro Trossard, Nottingham Forest’s Brennan Johnson and Bayer Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby as potential replacements.
However, Whelan insisted Newcastle cannot afford to cash in on their attacking “talisman”.
Discussing a potential £50million bid for Saint-Maximin, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Look, I mean you can accept it.
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“But if you’re going to go out there and get somebody with the same quality and love from the fans, firstly, they’ve got to earn that love, which Saint-Maximin has done.
“Secondly, he has put in the performances and been a talisman for a number of years now. £50million is not going to buy you a player of that quality, I don’t believe.
“Then you’d have the backlash from the fans. I’m very sure that they won’t see this as a positive. This is not what they expect after the consortium’s takeover of Newcastle.
“They thought they’d be spending £50million, not bringing in £50million by selling one of their best players.
“Saint-Maximin, for me, is one of these players that’s just unsellable right now to Newcastle, on many fronts. Shirt sales, fanbase and what he brings out there on the field.
“I’m sorry, but I just feel that’d be ridiculous business by Newcastle’s board.”