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Howe sends Saint-Maximin transfer message to Aston Villa and Wolves

Eddie Howe has sent a defiant message amid claims that Allan Saint-Maximin could seal a transfer away from Newcastle this summer.

There has speculation over the last seven days that the mercurial Frenchman could be sold by the Magpies.

The Daily Mail reported last week that the Magpies could cash in for £50million, with Aston Villa linked. 90min then stated that Wolves and Everton are also interested.

It’s led to debate from fans about the future of Saint-Maximin at St James’ Park. For most, he is a vital player for the present and the future who should not be sold.

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Ahead of the game against Wolves, Howe was asked about the rumours, and made his stance clear.

No transfer for Allan Saint-Maximin

“Absolutely yes,” Howe said when asked if Saint-Maximin has a long term future with the club.

“Don’t always believe what you read in the papers.”

He added: “I’ve got a great relationship with Maxi. I’ve really enjoyed working with him.

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“And, for me, you look between now and the end of the season, we need Max at his very best levels. He could potentially be the difference between us staying in the league.

“He’s an incredible talent, and yes, of course he has a long term future at the club.”

Howe right to keep ASM

Howe’s comments will delight Toon fans. Saint-Maximin is a fan favourite, and he’s been pivotal ever since his 2019 arrival.

During the Steve Bruce era, ASM often won games on his own with his insane natural ability. He’s had a good campaign this time out too, finding the net five times.

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However, the past month or so has been difficult for the 25-year-old. He’s struggled with injury, and is yet to impress since his return.

But that doesn’t mean he isn’t a vital player anymore. On his day, there is no one like Saint-Maximin. His match-winning ability can be decisive in key moments, as we’ve seen in the past.

Aston Villa, Everton and Wolves might be keeping an eye on Saint-Maximin, but they should look elsewhere. Newcastle United’s number 10 is going absolutely nowhere.

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