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Newcastle could ditch Saint-Maximin for Moussa Diaby

Newcastle United have been linked with Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby recently and his potential arrival at St James’ Park could spell the end for fan favourite Allan Saint-Maximin.

According to the Daily Mail, the Magpies have enquired about the Frenchman’s possibility in the transfer window as Eddie Howe looks to bolster his attacking options ahead of the remaining months of the Premier League season, with any deal for the electric winger likely to cost around €100m (£88m).

A Champions League spot looks well within grasp for Newcastle on current form but Howe will surely want to improve upon his squad depth to ensure that they can get over the line this season, especially if they have European football to contend with next season.

Diaby’s form in the Bundesliga this season suggests that he could be a fantastic addition by Dan Ashworth, as the 23-year-old boasts an impressive six goals and three assists in 15 league appearances, with WhoScored awarding him a strong 7.13 rating for his performances.

Only Miguel Almiron has contributed to more goals in Newcastle’s squad this season, which emphasises the attacking quality the former PSG man would bring if he made the move to the north east.

Eurosport Germany journalist Dennis Melzer was full of praise for Diaby and what he could bring to the Premier League amid links to Arsenal earlier this month.

He said: “Above all, enormous speed. He is incredibly fast, but also very good in front of goal. He also has a good eye for his teammates.”

Diaby’s speed will make him a direct competitor with Saint-Maximin in Howe’s starting side but it is the Leverkusen man’s end product that perhaps sets him ahead of the former OGC Nice man, who has managed just 13 goals and 19 assists in 109 appearances for the Toon.

Although he is an almost unstoppable player on his day, the 25-year-old’s injury issues have meant that he has played a bit part so far this season and it was perhaps no surprise when Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie suggested that Newcastle could cash in this month.

It would be a tough decision to let Saint-Maximin go given the way he has endeared himself to fans in his time in Newcastle, but football is a ruthless business and he simply hasn’t offered enough this season, with Howe’s side prospering in his absence.

Therefore, if Diaby were to arrive at St James’ Park this month, it would not be a surprise to see Newcastle get rid of Saint-Maximin.