On Wednesday, it was claimed that €22m would be enough to secure the services of Allan Saint-Maximin, with both Newcastle United and Watford allegedly interested in the French winger’s services.
Steve Bruce’s side had taken the most active steps out of the two, having a couple of bids turned down, but they aren’t giving up, clearly set on acquiring the France U21 international.
According to journalist Sacha Tavolieri, Newcastle United have sent a delegation, including their ‘president’ (we are guessing he means managing director Lee Charnley and not club owner Mike Ashley), to Nice in order to try and get a deal over the line.
The idea is to conclude the transfer, with a fee of €18m up front with ‘some small bonuses’ on top to round off the affair.
Infos #mercato :
Les dirigeants de #NewcastleUnited, dont son président, sont à Nice pour conclure le deal d’Alan #SaintMaximin sur base d’une somme de 18M d’€ payé cash + des petits bonus. Il reste quelques détails (commissions, etc.) à régler avant l’officialisation. #OGCNice pic.twitter.com/rpsDo7Rwha
— Sacha Tavolieri ⚽️ (@sachatavolieri) August 1, 2019
Only a ‘few details’, such as commissions, need to be sorted out before the deal can be made official and Saint-Maximin joins Joelinton in revamping the attack at St James’ Park.
With just one week left in the transfer window, it isn’t surprising to see clubs making their final pushes for deal, and considering how long this deal has dragged on for, this is quite believable.
We’ll have to wait and see now.