Chelsea and Tottenham on alert as Saint-Maximin’s ‘head turned by bigger wages’

Chelsea and Tottenham are reportedly both on standby with Allan Saint-Maximin potentially leaving Newcastle this summer.

Saint-Maximin has established himself as a fan favourite on Tyneside since his arrival from Nice three years ago. But he could be sold this summer to raise funds for the Toon's mega market spending, according to the Daily Mail.

Interest in the tricky winger has been sounded out by St James' Park chiefs, with the Blues and Spurs both enticed by the opportunity to sign him. Neither were keen on his £40million price tag – but Saint-Maximin's head is said to have been turned by the possible wages on offer.

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He is yet to benefit from Newcastle's newfound riches, and looks unlikely to for now as he only signed a contract extension in October 2020 which keeps him with the club for another four years.

Although they are the richest club in the world, the Magpies are limited by the wage structure they have put in place. So Saint-Maximin could pocket more money elsewhere.

Newcastle are aware of his frustration but have their hands tied behind their backs. They're looking to recruit heavily in the next two months of the window, having already signed Matt Targett for a fee of roughly £15million.

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Nick Pope is an imminent arrival from relegated Burnley, with that deal costing in the region of £12m. And further moves for Reims striker Hugo Ekitike and Lille centre-back Sven Botman are in the works.

Freddie Woodman became their first permanent departure of the summer, signing for Preston North End earlier this week for an undisclosed fee. But greater sales will be needed with financial fair play a concern.

Saint-Maximin's exit would be a big money maker, but they may have to drop their asking price to get either Chelsea or Tottenham to play ball.

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