Newcastle could have to sell prized-asset Allan Saint-Maximin in a bid to raise funds and offset their spending - with Magpies struggling to offer the frustrated Frenchman a greater wage, leaving Premier League rivals on alert
- Newcastle face a dilemma over holding contract talks with Allan Saint-Maximin
- The Magpies could sell him this summer to raise funds and offset their spending
- Spurs and Chelsea have shown interest but deem his £40m price tag too high
- The winger's head is understood to have been turned by greater salaries on offer
- Newcastle are aware of his frustration but are restricted by their wage structure
The French winger had been identified by Newcastle as one of several players they could sell this summer to raise funds and offset their spending.
Newcastle could have to sell Allan Saint-Maximin to raise funds and offset their spending
Spurs and Chelsea have shown interest in the winger but deemed his £40m price tag too high
However, in the process of clubs sounding out his availability, Saint-Maximin's head is understood to have been turned by the greater salaries that could be on offer.
Newcastle are aware of the 25-year-old's growing frustration but are restricted by the wage structure they have put in place.
Newcastle have a £12m deal agreed for Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope and are reaching critical points in protracted negotiations for Lille's Sven Botman and Hugo Ekitike of Reims.
Should the latter two fail to advance imminently they are expected to move on to other targets.
Newcastle are still restricted by how much they can spend though with an eye on financial fair play and they hope to recoup some funds with sales as the window progresses.
The Magpies hope to tie up their move for England keeper Nick Pope before the weekend