The Daily Star adds that Mike Ashley has given Bruce the greenlight to strengthen his squad before the start of next season and Newcastle have already wrapped up a £40million swoop for Brazilian striker Joelinton from Hoffenheim.
If Saint-Maximin is keen on joining Newcastle then there is a very good chance that Bruce will be able to finalise this deal soon enough. Nice were never going to accept the Magpies’ opening bid of £14million. Saint-Maximin still has another three years remaining on his contract at the Ligue 1 club so they are not under any massive pressure to offload the France Under-21 international, who was a first-team regular for them last season by appearing 36 times across all competitions. In those appearances, the former Saint-Etienne forward scored six goals and supplied five assists. Newcastle need someone who can play in the positions that Saint-Maximin can so getting this deal completed is an important one. Newcastle fans have to be slightly concerned about their club’s record of signing players from Ligue 1 in recent years. Florian Thauvin, Remy Cabella and Sylvain Marveaus are just three French flops that come to mind.