Newcastle transfer news: Saint-Maximin not happy about Gordon rumours
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Newcastle transfer news: Saint-Maximin not happy about Gordon rumours

Newcastle United are reportedly confident about signing Anthony Gordon this month, but it is a deal that might not go down well with current Toon winger Allan Saint-Maximin.

That is according to 90min, who state that Newcastle’s interest in signing a new forward has ‘not gone down too well’ with the 25-year-old.

The Magpies are in need of attacking reinforcements after Chris Wood’s move to Nottingham Forest, and it looks like Gordon is the club’s top target.

The Telegraph reported on Tuesday that the 21-year-old was keen on a move from Goodison Park to St James’ Park. Now 90min have backed up that claim, and believe that a deal worth almost £40million could be enough to bring Gordon to the North East.

The youngster would be an interesting addition to Howe’s squad. He is not popular among Toon supporters, but Dan Ashworth is a big fan of the Scouser.

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Gordon clearly has a lot of potential, and could thrive under the management of Howe. However, his arrival could further dent Saint-Maximin’s chances of returning to the starting XI.

Gordon deal would give Saint-Maximin more competition

The 25-year-old has not started a Premier League game for Newcastle since August. His season has been hindered by injury, while his comeback has been stunted by the Magpies’ incredible form.

Saint-Maximin can’t get in the side, and he could soon have even more competition if Gordon joins the club.

However, the Everton winger is someone who can operate on both flanks. He will also provide competition for Miguel Almiron, who has made the right-wing position his own this season.

Newcastle need more depth, and are an attacker light after Wood’s departure. With him gone, Newcastle only have two strikers available in Callum Wilson and Alexander Isak. After them, Howe would possibly have to look at putting ASM or Joelinton through the middle. However, we also need better competition out wide, which is why Gordon is being targeted.

Talk of unhappiness from Saint-Maximin comes after the Frenchman produced a blistering cameo in the Carabao Cup semi final first leg. He was excellent off the bench against Southampton, and showed signs of his old self.

If he plays like that, he should not be concerned by Gordon’s arrival. Yes, it adds more competition, but Maxi is more than capable of rising to it.

There has also been a report in the Daily Mail stating that Saint-Maximin could leave if Gordon joins. That feels unlikely, given that Howe would once again need to find a replacement.

Both of these stories feel nonsensical, much like most of the rumours involving Saint-Maximin’s future on Tyneside. He is clearly someone who loves playing for Newcastle, and he has the ability to play a key role in this journey that the new owners are taking us on.

There is always noise surrounding the Frenchman, especially when he is not playing, but it is perhaps best to just ignore it.