By Noel Whelan

5th Oct, 2021 | 5:00pm

Ashley will sanction Newcastle deal that'll be 'final nail in the coffin for Bruce' - pundit

Noel Whelan has claimed Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley will sell Allan Saint-Maxmin over Steve Bruce’s head if a £60million offer is made.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker insisted clubs will be circling St James’ Park for the 24-year-old.

Italian news outlet Calciomercato reported (September 27th), Premier League rivals Everton, Liverpool and Chelsea are all interested in signing the French winger.

Saint-Maximin is tied down to Newcastle until 2026 after signing a new contract last October.

He has been a mercurial talent for the Magpies, playing as both a winger and a centre-forward in recent months.

Whelan admitted losing Saint-Maximin would be “heartbreaking” for supporters.

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However, he admitted Ashley would have no qualms cashing in.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I think that would be the final nail in the coffin for fans, the manager and the team there.

“He is their match-winner, he is their golden ticket, isn’t he? There’s no doubt about that.

“He is the one that gets you off their seats. Every team has got one of these players and he certainly is.

“You can see the effort he puts in. He’s at 100 per cent but he’s got quality along with it. He can change the game in a second with the quality he has.

“There’s no doubt about it, people will be looking at him. They know the predicament Newcastle are in and the owner.

“If he gets a sniff of £60million, he’s going to take it. Ashley’s not there for the ride with the team, we know that.

“That would be heartbreaking for every Newcastle fan and the manager.”

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