By Frank McAvennie

6th Aug, 2021 | 4:00pm

Ex-striker backs Everton to sign 'incredible' Saint-Maximin after £70m update

Frank McAvennie claims it is a real possibility Allan Saint-Maximin could quit Newcastle to sign for Everton.

The former West Ham striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted Newcastle is not an attractive place to be right now.

The Mirror reported on 10th July that Everton will spring a £50million bid for Saint-Maximin if they lose Richarlison to Real Madrid this summer.

However, on 30th July, Telegraph journalist Luke Edwards reported Newcastle value Saint-Maximin at over £70million.

The Frenchman, 24, signed a new deal last season, keeping him at St James Park until the summer of 2026.

However, McAvennie can see the deal happening as Newcastle have no chance of winning anything at the moment.

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“I can see that happening,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“There’s no bigger club than Newcastle but why on earth would you want to stay there?

“They don’t have any chance of challenging for anything, they aren’t going to win a trophy.

“I always thought they would but they never have. They have got worse under Bruce and Saint-Maximin is an incredible talent.

“He caused them all kinds of problems at Goodison last year.

“If Rafa does want him, and Everton have the money, that’s a deal I can see happening.”

Saint-Maximin has scored seven goals and chipped in with 11 assists for Newcastle since he joined the club in 2019.

The winger ran riot as Newcastle won 2-0 at Goodison Park last season, notably spinning through the Toffees midfield in the second half.

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