According to the Shields Gazette, Newcastle have a deal ‘in place’ with Nice to sign Allan Saint-Maximin, stating that the two clubs are now just ‘haggling over the finer details’.
This comes after Steve Bruce claimed after our 2-1 defeat at Preston that the club had ‘one or two irons in the fire’, suggesting it could be a big 48 hours on the transfer front.
Liam Keneddy’s latest transfer piece for the Gazette states that Nice have been holding out for £18m, while we are keen to pay closer to £16m, however he states that an announcement is ‘expected’ at the start of next week on the Saint-Maximin font, with progress set to be made on this deal ‘over the next few days’.
Here’s a snippet from the Shields Gazette’s new piece on our pursuit of Saint-Maximin:
‘The Gazette understands a deal for Frenchman Allan Saint-Maximin is in place with Nice, with the two clubs just haggling over the finer details of the arrangement.
‘The Ligue 1 outfit have been holding out for around £18million for the 22-year-old, but United are thought to be keen to pay closer to £16million. Should a deal be concluded at that price it would make the France youth international the joint third most expensive player in Newcastle’s history behind £35million Joelinton and £21million Miguel Almiron.
‘Progress on that front is expected to be made over the next few days and an announcement expected at the start of next week.
‘But Bruce hopes to maybe bring in more than one player before the Magpies travel to Hibs on Tuesday.
“We have got one or two irons in the fire, whether we can get something over the line in the next couple of days, we’ll see,” said Bruce.‘
This is a deal that’s been rumbling on for several days now, so let’s hope we do finally get a move for the 22-year-old winger ‘over the line’ next week as Kenedy suggests – especially when Sky Sports reported that a £20m move for Jarrod Bowen is a ‘non starter’.