By Gabriel Agbonlahor

23rd Dec, 2020 | 8:30pm

Pundit Exclusive: Newcastle tipped to seal two Jan signing after double update via BBC

Gabriel Agbonlahor has tipped Newcastle United to enter the January transfer market to secure cover for Allan Saint-Maximin and Jamal Lascelles.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Aston Villa and England striker insisted the absence of Saint-Maximin will hit the Magpies especially hard.

The BBC reported earlier this week the pair are suffering from the long-term effects of coronavirus and it is not known when they will return to action.

The pair were amongst a number of the Newcastle squad that contracted the virus which caused their game against Aston Villa to be postponed earlier this month.

Rumours began circulating that a falling out between Bruce and Saint-Maximin was to blame for his recent absence.

However, the Frenchman took to Instagram to quash suggestions of a bust-up and insisted he loves playing for Newcastle.

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Asked by Football Insider whether it was worrying that the pair will be out for an extended period, Agbonlahor said: “Yes, especially Saint-Maximin – he’s been on fire for them.

“Lascelles is their captain and he wouldn’t want to be without him for too long.

“I’m sure Steve Bruce will be hoping to bring in a couple of players as well. 

“It’s definitely not good to be missing those players because they’ve been good to him – especially Saint-Maximin he’s been a bright spark for them.”

Saint-Maximin and Lascelles have both missed Newcastle’s last four games including their shock quarter-final Carabao Cup exit to Championship side Brentford on Tuesday.

In their absence in the Premier League, the Toon have beaten West Brom, lost to Leeds and drew with Fulham.

In other news, Darren Bent has tipped a “great” Aston Villa player he knows well to join Newcastle United.