Pundit Stan Collymore believes Aston Villa, Everton, Leeds and West Ham should be looking at Allan Saint-Maximin.

The 24-year-old is Newcastle United’s talisman, and was arguably our best player in the opening game defeat to West Ham.

Saint-Maximin played an integral part in the opening goal, turning Declan Rice inside out before setting up Callum Wilson.

Everything good about Newcastle went through the Frenchman. However, the more the game went on the better West Ham got at neutralising him.

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But it was a typical performance from Saint-Maximin, with outrageous skill and dribbling ability dazzling the returning Toon Army.

He’s incredibly naturally gifted, and could easily play at a higher level.

And former Liverpool forward Collymore believes there are Premier League club who should ‘take a punt’ on him.


Stan Collymore wants ‘upwardly mobile’ clubs to move for Saint-Maximin

“I like Allan Saint-Maximin – he has pace, skills and attitude,” Collymore told the Mirror (page 55, 17th August).

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“If I were in charge of recruitment at an upwardly mobile club such as West Ham, Everton, Leeds or Aston Villa I’d take a punt on him.”

Any of those clubs would benefit from having Saint-Maximin. He’s certainly good enough for them – if anything he could play at an even higher level.

But the former Liverpool forward described the four clubs as ‘upwardly mobile’, which is something you can’t say about Newcastle United.

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And that’s why there has been fear that Saint-Maximin will leave St James’ Park.

He’s already been linked with Everton this summer, with the Magpies reportedly wanting £70million.

As soon as a club with more ambition and the money required comes in for Saint-Maximin, it could be curtains for his Newcastle career.

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