Allan Saint-Maximin will leave Newcastle United this summer – and Tottenham is the perfect destination.

That is according to Sunderland legend Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Newcastle boss Steve Bruce revealed he is determined to keep hold of the 24-year-old.

Asked about Saint-Maximin’s situation ahead of the summer, Bruce told Sky Sports: “Look, the last thing we want to be doing is selling our best players.”

The winger has been in spectacular form for the Magpies in 2020-21, endearing himself to the St. James’ Park faithful with his bag-of-tricks approach.

Phillips insisted that a string of Premier League clubs will be eyeing Saint-Maximin but that Spurs would be the best fit.

He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “You could see him going to Tottenham. From their point of view, he’d be a great signing.

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“There would certainly be at least a dozen teams in the Premier League who would take him.

“He’s so unpredictable and he’s got great talent. Even though he had that injury problem, he’s improved as the season’s gone on.

“He’s got that end product as well. He’s turning into a complete player. This kid’s got pace and the ability to drop a shoulder, turn this way and that.

“From a Newcastle point of view, you’d be devastated to see him leave. But naturally, when you’re a star, everyone’s looking at you.”

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Saint-Maximin signed for Newcastle from Nice for £16.5million in the summer of 2019.

After impressing in his first season on Tyneside, the Frenchman signed a new six-year deal last October.

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