Newcastle adjust Saint-Maximin transfer stance as attacking midfield shortlist expands to four

Allan Saint-Maximin during a Newcastle United match

Allan Saint-Maximin is looking more likely to stay at Newcastle United than leave this summer, a report claims – but it may be on new terms.

The new era at Newcastle is well underway, with Eddie Howe having inspired an 11th-place finish in the 2021-22 season. Their resurgence was also helped by a number of January signings and more could follow thanks to their Saudi owners in the summer.

Amid all the speculation, there have been exit links for Saint-Maximin. One of the flair players in Howe’s squad, he is someone they could sacrifice to balance the books.

But Newcastle’s strongest team would certainly have Saint-Maximin in it. Therefore, any such sale would be for financial, not footballing reasons.

Yet he may be sticking around at St James’ Park after all. According to the Daily Mail, Saint-Maximin is now looking likely to stay.

There are a lack of suitors willing to meet a £50million asking price for a player who is developing under Howe. Hence, he may have to stay at Newcastle after all.

In doing so, though, he would be interested in sitting down at the negotiating table again. Although under contract until 2026, the winger would prefer to be on similar terms to any high earners the club will bring in.

Therefore, Newcastle may have to discuss a new deal with the 25-year-old to cover his prime years. It would reassure him of his importance to their project.

Saint-Maximin wants more money from Newcastle

Allan Saint-Maximin wants a new Newcastle deal with bigger wages as 2 Premier League clubs interested in the winger

Meanwhile, they will be working on improving the squad around him. They were already effective in their first post-takeover transfer window in January. Now, they will be eyeing further smart signings.

Still with some way to go before they can attract world-class stars, Newcastle will be scouring the market for more sensible recruits like Kieran Trippier, Dan Burn and Bruno Guimaraes.

Gray joins shortlist to support Saint-Maximin

According to the Mail, they have at least four attacking midfielders on their radar to complement Saint-Maximin. The likes of Brennan Johnson, Jack Harrison, Demarai Gray and Moussa Diaby have been scouted.

Johnson and Diaby have already been named as Newcastle options by the Mail in previous reports. Links with Harrison also recently emerged via the Telegraph.

The reference to Gray is a newer one, despite him being linked with the club several years ago. He joined Everton in a relatively cheap deal last summer and enjoyed a strong start to the season in particular.

His form dropped slightly by the end of the campaign, but Everton secured their goal of Premier League survival. Gray is one of their players who may have put himself in the shop window, though.

For now, there will be plenty of things for Newcastle to weigh up as they prepare for an important summer. They will have to build around what they have – and it seems that Saint-Maximin will at least be part of it.

Who could join him in the attacking third, only time will tell.

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