By Darren Bent

11th Mar, 2020 | 5:14pm

'What a player' - Exclusive: Bent drools as Everton reportedly launch rival transfer mission

Darren Bent insists that Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin would be a “good signing” for Everton but that he cannot see a deal being done easily.

The former Tottenham and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, claims that the French forward is “vital” to the Magpies after arriving in England last summer.

The Sun report that the Toffees are lining up a move for the 23-year-old after launching a scouting mission earlier this month, with a value of up to £30million on the winger’s head.

Bent says he can see why rivals would be keen on signing the Newcastle star after proving his talents in the Premier League this season, but that pulling off a deal is easier said than done.

Bent told Football Insider: “That would be a good signing. He’s shown right now what a player he is, a great goal at the weekend against Southampton.

“He’s one of those that can carry the ball from point A to point B – I can’t see Newcastle just letting him go that easy. Him and Almiron are vital to what Newcastle do.

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“I think they’re all that Newcastle do, it’s pretty much you two go on and do what you can do.” 

Saint-Maximin, who arrived at St James’ Park from OGC Nice last summer, has three goals and four assists under his belt this season.

Everton already have the likes of Theo Walcott, Bernard, Richarlison and Alex Iwobi on their books when it comes to wingers.

In other Everton news, Danny Mills has made a major transfer claim at Goodison Park.