The ongoing transfer saga between Newcastle United and Nice over the potential signing of Allan Saint-Maximin could be set to take a fresh twist with less than two weeks to go before the end of the window.
Saint-Maximin has been the centre of Magpies’ attention for weeks, and Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth claimed on Tuesday that the Frenchman could be set to stay at Nice despite the fact Newcastle had placed numerous bids for the attacker.
If things couldn’t get any worst for Newcastle, Nice-Matin revealed on Wednesday that fellow Premier League side Watford are seriously tracking Saint-Maximin – who should be plying his trade in England next season.
Newcastle could surely be set for a blow in their reported pursuit of the exciting winger, who could see Watford as a more exciting prospect.
Chronicle journalist Lee Ryder has revealed on his personal Twitter account that a deal for the 22-year-old would be available for £20million, and if either of the two Premier League sides are as serious as they’re said to be, a move should be relatively straight forward.
Saint-Maximin would no doubt be a great addition at St James’ Park, and Newcastle surely must go all out to try and secure his signature in the next couple of weeks.
Despite the fact that the Frenchman only scored six goals and added three assists, the signs were all there that he could easily progress in England and improve those stats should he move.
The winger averaged 2.2 shots as well as 1.7 key passes per game last season – two stats which prove that if he improved his finishing and he had more prolific teammates, his goal involvements could rise significantly [Source: WhoScored].
If Newcastle needed another reason to go all out for Saint-Maximin, his ability on the ball is just that. The 22-year-old completed 4.2 dribbles on average, proving he loves to square up his opposite defender and look to beat him to create opportunities [Source: WhoScored].
With Watford’s interest in the young prospect, Newcastle could surely be set for a transfer blow should they not reach the reported £20million asking price.