According to the Daily Mail, the Magpies are said to have both Spurs and Chelsea on alert having been willing to cash in on the 25-year-old this summer, with the northeast side said to value their prized asset at around £40m.
That valuation was deemed too high by the two London rivals, although it is said that the fleet-footed forward’s head has now been turned by the potential higher salaries on offer elsewhere, amid frustration regarding his current contract with the Tynesiders.
The report suggests that Eddie Howe’s side are not able to break their existing wage structure to hand a bumper a new deal for the former Nice man, while the need to abide by Financial Fair Play regulations could force them into player sales, with Saint-Maximin arguably one of their most sellable assets.
Newcastle’s loss could well prove to be Antonio Conte’s gain, with the serial-winning Italian potentially set to form a devastating attacking trio consisting of the “unplayable” gem – as he has been described by Rob Lee – alongside the talismanic pair of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.
The two figureheads of the current Tottenham side, the duo have formed a simply telepathic relationship over the years, dovetailing beautifully to form arguably one of the most lethal attacking partnerships in Premier League history.
The leading pair in the competition’s history with the most goal combinations, the two men have been simply unstoppable for the Lilywhites over the last seven years, with no signs of their remarkable influence fading any time soon.
In 385 games for the club so far in all competitions for academy graduate Kane, the England skipper has netted a simply staggering tally of 247 goals and provided a further 59 assists, while teammate Son has netted 131 goals and registered 73 assists in 324 games since his switch from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015.
The South Korean international notably provided 30 league goal contributions last term in a standout individual campaign, while his club colleague chipped in with 26 goal involvements of his own, rubberstamping their undeniable importance to the club.
Continuing to shoulder that goalscoring burden moving forward may weigh heavy on the pair, however, particularly ahead of a campaign that will see a return to the Champions League for the first time since the 2019/2020 season.
The addition of a new forward star could well be needed, with Saint-Maximin seemingly the man to add increased firepower to Conte’s side, the unpredictable maverick potentially adding that extra sprinkling of magic to the north London outfit.
While the Kane-Son relationship continues to inflict misery on opposition defences and while their attacking formula remains so deadly, bringing a third party who can offer something a little different may well be what is needed.
In the former France U21 international, Spurs would be able to secure a simply “breathtaking” new recruit – as described by Gary Neville – with Saint-Maximin providing an explosive, attacking threat down either flank.
Dubbed a “genius” by one journalist, the £28.8m-rated man’s goalscoring record may not be overly impressive, with just 11 goals and 13 assists to his name in his Premier League career thus far, although under the guidance of the right coach he could well be fashioned into a real weapon in his own right.
The £93k-per-week gem alongside Kane and Son, now that is a simply mouthwatering trio.