Newcastle are hoping to sell Allan Saint-Maximin to Saudi Arabian side Al Ahli to fund their pursuit of Harvey Barnes

According to reports, Newcastle United is currently engaged in negotiations with Saudi Arabian club Al Ahli regarding the potential transfer of Allan Saint-Maximin.

Since joining Newcastle from Nice in 2019, Saint-Maximin has emerged as one of the club’s key players.

His skillful and elusive playing style has garnered him immense popularity among the St. James’ Park faithful.

However, the Frenchman faced significant challenges during the 2022-2023 season, as he was plagued by numerous injury setbacks.

In total, Saint-Maximin contributed one goal and five assists in 31 appearances across all competitions.

As the summer transfer window hots up, Saint-Maximin is now linked with a move away from the North East.

According totalkSPORT, Newcastle wants to sell the winger to Saudi Professional League side Al Ahli in order to fund a move for Leicester City man Harvey Barnes.

The report stated that talks between Al Ahli and Saint Maximin’s team are at a very early stage.

It has been reported that Magpies boss Eddie Howe is a big fan of the £35 million rated winger but is likely to face competition from fellow Premier League side West Ham United, who have money to spend after selling Declan Rice to Arsenal.

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After a brilliant 22/23 season resulted in Champions League qualification, Howe is hoping to improve his squad ahead of the new campaign.

So far, Newcastle have only managed to sign Sandro Tonali from AC Milan.

Speaking about the window, Howe said toThe Chronicle: “Yeah I think at different times there has been frustrations.

“There have been difficult days, because obviously you want the end result, you want the best squad you can get.”

Newcastle kicked off their pre-season with a win after sealing a 3-2 victory against Gateshead on Saturday.

Elliot Anderson, Jay Turner-Cooke and Saint Maximin were on the scoresheet for the Magpies.

Howe’s men will kick off their 23/24 Premier League campaign against Unai Emery’s Aston Villa on 12 August.

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