According to The Athletic, Eddie Howe have decided to cash in on Allan Saint-Maximin to fund a summer move for Leicester City star James Maddison.
With the £60m deal for Sandro Tonali all but done, Newcastle are believed to want another ‘elite’ midfielder, along with a left-back, right-sided centre-back and young striker.
However, with the club the club battling FFP restrictions and currently unwilling to pay Leicester’s demands, a move for Maddison appears to hang in the balance.
Saint-Maximin is viewed as one of the most sellable assets at the club and could be moved on if a sizeable offer arrives. Howe has always spoken highly of him and recent reports suggested he’d stay and fight for his place with Champions League football on offer, but it seems his future remains anything but clear.
The Athletic also report that Maddison plays in a position we are not currently prioritising. Despite huge interest from Howe – who is clearly a big admirer – it seems a big-money move for the England international is more likely to be sanctioned if funds are raised through ASM.
With just one year left on his contract, the Foxes will have to bring that price down sooner or later. Ourselves and Spurs hold all the aces from a negotiating perspective, so hopefully we can negotiate a cut-price fee without having to sell our star winger.