According to the Northern Echo, Newcastle are ‘closing in’ on THREE more new signings – with a deal for Allan Saint-Maximin said to be ‘close’.
This comes from Paul Fraser – the Echo’s Chief Football Writer – who also confirms our interest in Brazilian forward Marrony, while Kyle Scott also looks all set to sign a two-year deal after being spotted at St James’ Park today.
Back to Saint-Maximin, Bruce confirmed our interest in the winger last night, however he’s since been left out of Nice’s pre-season friendly with Boavista – news that only adds fuel to the fire regarding his potential move to Tyneside.
It was reported earlier today that we were yet to match Nice’s alleged £20m asking price, but the Northern Echo’s latest piece suggests he is now set to follow Joelinton through the door:
‘NEWCASTLE UNITED are closing in on three more players, including a £20m deal for Allan Saint-Maximim, to give head coach Steve Bruce the ideal start to life at St James’ Park.
‘The Newcastle boss admitted on Wednesday that a deal for Saint-Maximim was being worked on and sources in France are suggesting that a deal is close, after he was left out of the pre-season friendly against Boavista.
‘The 22-year-old, who has represented France at every level except for the senior team, now looks set to follow the arrival of £40m man Joelinton and the hope is for a couple more.
‘Newcastle are also keen to bring in another young Brazilian, Vasco da Gama’s £10.7m striker Marrony, if the deal is right, and a two-year deal has been offered to former Chelsea midfielder Kyle Scott.‘
A move for Saint-Maximin has looked more and more likely over the past 48 hours, while a deal for Scott is clearly imminent following his sighting at St James’ Park today, however a move for Marrony would be a deal slightly out of the blue.
That said, you can see why someone like Mike Ashley is keen on the idea of signing a highly-rated Brazilian for just shy of £11m. The pound signs must be rolling through his eyes.
Time will tell if we really are closing in on Saint-Maximin, but these are certainly some promising claims from the Echo.