By Paddy Kenny

15th Jul, 2021 | 4:00pm

Kenny backs Everton swoop for 'sensational' Saint-Maximin after mega-money report

The promise of challenging for European football could lure Allan Saint-Maximin from Newcastle United to Everton this summer.

That is according to ex-Premier League shot-stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 24-year-old French winger.

As per the Mirror on 10th July, the Toffees will spring a £50million bid for Saint-Maximin if they lose Richarlison to Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid.

Newcastle, however, are claimed to value the wide man at £60m.

Everton have set their sights on luring a ‘world-class’ right-winger to Goodison this summer, as revealed by this site on 10th May.

Kenny insists that Saint-Maximin, whose Newcastle deal runs until 2026, would fit the bill.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “Newcastle are a massive club but for me, they look like they are a team that’s just struggling to stay up every year.

“I’m sure Saint-Maximin wants to be pushing for Europe with a team like Everton. What a player he is.

“I don’t know if Newcastle are going to try and invest and push towards the top half this season.

“Obviously, with the ownership there is a lot still going on there off the pitch and there’s still unrest with Steve Bruce.

“But if Everton are interested then, with Benitez’s link with Newcastle, I’m sure it could be an option for him.

“I’m sure they’ll be looking to go one step further and challenge again for Europe this season.”

Everton finished 10th in last season’s Premier League table, three points behind Tottenham in the final Europa Conference League spot.

Saint-Maximin netted three times and assisted another four across 25 top-flight matches for the Magpies that season.

In other news, Real Madrid knocked back in pursuit of Everton starlet who Ancelotti loves.