It would take a “ludicrous amount of money” for Aston Villa to get Allan Saint-Maximin out of Newcastle United, says Express & Star journalist Luke Hatfield.
There is nothing to suggest that Saint-Maximin is currently a target for Villa. And having already signed Emiliano Buendia and Leon Bailey to strengthen the wide positions, that is unlikely to change before the transfer window shuts.
However, former Villa striker Stan Collymore reckons his old side, as well as the likes of West Ham and Everton, should be trying to sign the 24-year-old (Daily Mirror via Chronicle Live).
Given his importance to Newcastle, though, and the fact that he signed and a new six-year contract last October, for Hatfield, it is practically a non-starter.
“It would take a ludicrous amount of money to sign Allan Saint-Maximin now,” Hatfield told FFC. “He’s just signed a new deal. He’s obviously a very talented player; he’s probably Newcastle’s most talented player.
“He’s shone in the Premier League for Newcastle. He’d be a nightmare to replace for them, so you’d imagine they’d want top dollar for him.
“I’d be massively surprised if Villa were to show any kind of serious interest in Saint-Maximin.”
Indeed, Saint-Maximin is not the kind of attacker that is easy to replace. The Frenchman averaged 3.8 dribbles per game in the Premier League last season, more than any player bar Wolves’ Adama Traore (via WhoScored).