Tottenham: Allan Saint-Maximin transfer swoop plotted
Tottenham Hotspur are plotting a move for Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin this summer, according to a recent report.
The Lowdown: Long-term target
Tottenham made an enquiry about the 25-year-old’s availability in last summer’s transfer window, although the Magpies wanted £40m to part with their player, which quickly extinguished any interest from north London.
Alex Crook informed GiveMeSport that Spurs were admirers of the Frenchman, and that still appeared to be the case in January, with journalist Alasdair Gold claiming that sporting director Fabio Paratici is a ‘big fan’.
The Latest: Spurs plotting Saint-Maximin move
According to a report from the print edition of the Sunday People (19/2, page 62; via The Boot Room), Spurs are ready to put themselves in the mix for the 25-year-old’s signature, amid doubts about his future at Newcastle.
After Anthony Gordon arrived on Tyneside in the January transfer window, the Magpies could be willing to part with Saint-Maximin, and Spurs have been monitoring him for some time.
The Verdict: Get it done?
The former Saint-Etienne wizard has not been at his best this season, recording just one goal and three assists in 15 Premier League appearances, but it must be noted that he has often been utilised as substitute.
Nonetheless, it will still be a slight concern for Eddie Howe that the winger has failed to register a goal contribution in his last eight top-flight matches, and it casts doubt on whether the Frenchman would be a good signing for Spurs.
On his day, Saint-Maximin would have a lot to offer any team, being hailed as ‘magical‘ by Howe last season, while he also ranks in the 99th percentile for successful take-ons per 90 compared to other wingers in Europe’s top five leagues over the past year, averaging 4.57 per game.
However, Tottenham already have significant strength in depth in attacking areas, with Antonio Conte having the likes of Dejan Kulusevski, Son Heung-min and Richarlison to call upon, so they should only pursue a move for Saint-Maximin if he is available for a cut-price fee.