Liverpool have trump card in race to sign Newcastle star Saint-Maximin – TBR View
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Liverpool have trump card in race to sign Newcastle star Saint-Maximin - TBR View

Liverpool are one of three clubs reportedly pursuing Newcastle United star Allan Saint-Maximin – and the Reds could reportedly have the ideal trump card to sign the Frenchman in a player-plus-cash deal.

Saint-Maximin, 24, has been excellent for Newcastle this season – having a hand in six Premier League goals during his 14 appearances. His ability to beat a man, score goals and create more has made him a Toon favourite.

But other clubs are watching. CalcioMercato report that Liverpool, Everton and Chelsea all want to sign the ex-Nice attacker, ahead of the January window. The Mail rate him at £70million.

Liverpool could certainly do with Saint-Maximin during the second half of the season. Sadio Mane and Mo Salah are about to jet off to represent their countries at the African Cup of Nations.

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Newcastle, meanwhile, are expected to be busy themselves in the January window. They will be keen to bring in some new signings in order to help them survive relegation.

The Telegraph reported this week that Newcastle’s new owners have discussed six English players and are ‘confident’ of landing said players. They include Liverpool defender Phillips, who has managed just two appearances this term.

With Liverpool likely to be open to the sale of Phillips – given his lack of game time – including him in a player-plus-cash deal makes perfect sense. Especially for a player like Saint-Maximin.

Newcastle will not entertain offers for Saint-Maximin. But in the slight chance that the Frenchman pushes for a move, Newcastle might be slightly more tempted to pick a side that are offering a player they want.

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