By Paul Robinson

27th Jun, 2022 | 3:12pm

Newcastle United could replace Allan Saint-Maximin after journalist's update - pundit

Newcastle United should not break their wage structure to keep Allan Saint-Maximin at the club, according to Paul Robinson.

The former Spurs and England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 25-year-old is “not irreplaceable”.

According to the Daily Mail‘s Simon Jones (23 June), Saint-Maximin’s head has been turned after Tottenham and Chelsea were alerted to his potential availability.

The French winger is said to have realised that he could earn substantially more if he were to leave St. James’ Park.

Newcastle do not want to break their wage structure for Saint-Maximin, who still has four years remaining on his current deal.

When asked by Football Insider if the Magpies should reward Saint-Maximin with a bumper new deal, Robinson said: “They have to be careful with Financial Fair Play.

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“I think that is why they are wary of breaking the wage structure. The old saying, nobody is bigger than the club.

“Newcastle is a huge football club that now has a huge bank account. They still have to be ran very carefully though. You only have to look at Everton’s misspending and how they now have no wriggle room with Financial Fair Play.

“You should always reward your best players but you don’t give players ridiculous amounts of money to stay at the club.

“At the end of the day, Newcastle will shortly be right at the top of the Premier League. They will soon get most of the players that they want.

“Saint-Maximin is a top player but is he irreplaceable? No, he is not.”

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