Newcastle: Pundit drops verdict on big-money Saint-Maximin replacement

By Noel Whelan

6th Apr, 2022 | 6:00pm

Newcastle United news: Expert issues Allan Saint-Maximin transfer claim after £50m update

Noel Whelan has insisted it would be a “surprise” if Allan Saint-Maximin departed Newcastle this summer.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted it would take “more than £50million” to replace the “pivotal” 25-year-old.

According to the Daily Mail (2 April), Newcastle will listen to offers of around £50million for Saint-Maximin in the summer transfer window.

The Frenchman has netted five goals and three assists in 29 appearances this season.

Saint-Maximin joined Newcastle in 2019 and signed a bumper six-year renewal in October 2020.

Whelan suggested the winger will be key if the mega-rich Magpies are to realise their lofty ambitions.

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“If Newcastle are going to build something and be successful then they have to keep their better players,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“Saint-Maximin is a pivotal player, for me. He’s exciting, he’s a fan favourite, he can get you off your seat. I don’t think Newcastle have got too many players with that ability.

“I’d be really surprised if that happened. Losing a player like that, you’d have to spend a lot more than £50million to bring in a player better than him.”

The Tyneside giants paid OGC Nice a reported potential fee of £20million in 2019.

Saint-Maximin has notched 12 goals in 85 games for the club.

Newcastle sit 15th in the Premier League and have built a nine-point buffer to the relegation zone.

The Magpies face Wolves on Friday (8 April).

In other news, we have a critical update on Newcastle bid to sign Hugo Ekitike after talks held.