It could be a case of friends reunited at St James’ Park in January if Marcus Thuram joins Allan Saint-Maximin at Newcastle United.
That is because the Toon winger has opened up about his relationship with the Borussia Monchengladbach forward.
The 25-year-old has spoke to Newcastle World, and admitted that he is friends with a man who the Magpies are reportedly going to try and sign next month.
Thuram has been linked with a move to Tyneside, as he enters the final months of his Monchengladbach contract. He is set to become a free agent next summer, leading to speculation of a cut price move in January.
That is why Newcastle are keen, as Eddie Howe looks to add a wide forward to his squad. Thuram certainly fits the bill, as he is capable of playing anywhere in attack, be it out wide or through the middle.
The Sun were first to report Newcastle’s interest, stating that the Magpies could launch a bid for the son of World Cup winner Lilian Thuram.
Marcus could soon be a World Cup winner himself, as he prepares for the final against Argentina on Sunday. Saint-Maximin expressed his joy at seeing Thuram reach the final on social media, and he has now mentioned him in an interview.
Allan Saint-Maximin on being friends with Marcus Thuram
Saint-Maximin has spoke to Newcastle World, and was asked about France’s World Cup exploits after failing to make the squad.
“When you are religious like me, you just want the best for everyone,” Saint-Maximin said.
“Even if I am not in the squad, I’m very happy because I have a lot of friends there: Kylian (Mbappe), Ousmane (Dembele), Marcus Thuram.
“I’m really happy for them but for sure, when you think can be there and maybe have the chance to win the World Cup, it’s something big. It’s painful, especially when you start the season like that.”
Friends reunited at St James’ Park
A move for Thuram could prove to be a smart piece of business from Newcastle. He is a versatile player who is enjoying a sensational season, boasting 17 goal contributions so far.
Thuram, who has been described as ‘world class‘, is enjoying one of his best seasons ever in the Bundesliga, and he would be a huge asset for Howe if he could translate that form to the Premier League.
Newcastle are in a great position right now, and any additions in January will hopefully further our bid to qualify for Europe.
His contract situation also makes him appealing, as it means he could be available on the cheap. It was recently reported that he could be sold next month for less than £10million.
Unsurprisingly, there are plenty of clubs chasing his signature. Perhaps Saint-Maximin can have a word with his mate, and that might help convince him to make the move to the North East.