Newcastle United have agreed personal terms with OGC Nice forward Allan Saint-Maximin, according to the Chronicle.
The newspaper claims the 22-year-old is set to sign a six-year deal with the Magpies ahead of completing a £16.4million switch to Tyneside from Ligue 1.
It is understood that the completion of the deal is now in the hands of Lee Charnley as Newcastle aim to seal their second major signing of the summer after striker Joelinton was snapped up from Hoffenheim last month.
Newcastle took a while to wrap up that deal to sign Joelinton from Hoffenheim as the Tynside club was out in China taking part in the Premier League Asia Trophy, so it will be interesting to see if they can seal swoop for Saint-Maximin sooner. If they don’t then it just shows how Newcastle’s transfer policy works because it would not be a shock to see them club dragging things out and maybe trying to find a way to spend less money before everything is confirmed. Saint-Maximin should be a Newcastle player before the start of next week though, based on the latest reports regarding the Nice attacker. He should be a solid signing for the Toon but they need to ensure they don’t stop there and look to add another striker, a couple of good full-backs and maybe a central midfielder who can be an upgrade on what they already have.