By Alex McLeish

2nd Oct, 2021 | 6:00pm

Ex-manager: Newcastle sensation 'would be a catch' for Everton amid Traore verdict

Newcastle ace Allan Saint-Maximin would be a “catch” for Everton amid transfer speculation at St James’ Park, according to Alex McLeish.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted all the Magpies’ good play comes through the 24-year-old.

As reported by Italian outlet Calciomercato on Monday, Premier League rivals Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton are plotting moves to sign Saint-Maximin next summer.

The French winger has continued to impress for Newcastle this term and has been involved in 71% of their Premier League goals after registering two goals and three assists in six games.

He has also recorded the fifth-most (33) shot-creating actions in the Premier League, thanks to his dribbling ability and tendency to draw fouls (FBref).

Saint-Maximin’s importance at St James’ Park was reinforced after the Tyneside club handed him a bumper six-year contract last summer.

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The deal is likely to give Newcastle the upper hand when negotiating any potential fee.

McLeish drew parallels to Wolves man Adama Traore, who has also improved his end product since moving into English football.

“He’s the engine room at Newcastle, everything good that happens for them goes through him,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.

“It’s a bit like the story with Adama Traore, where he didn’t quite have the technical skills to match his speed.

“They’ve both improved big time with their spells in England.

“Saint-Maximin would be a catch for any club.”

The mercurial winger signed for the Magpies from French side OGC Nice in 2019.

He has scored nine in 63 games across all competitions for Newcastle.

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