By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

20th Jul, 2021 | 12:49pm

Kevin Campbell: Everton getting Allan Saint-Maximin would be a really good move

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Kevin Campbell has backed Everton to move for Newcastle United attacking midfielder Allan Saint-Maximin.

According to the Daily Mirror, Toffees manager Rafa Benitez might move for the 24-year-old Frenchman this summer should Richarlison leave.

The report claims Everton could make a £50million swoop for Saint-Maximin, but Newcastle want £60million for him.

Campbell believes the Toons star would be a solid and exciting addition to the Everton attack, provided the club can pip competition to his signing.

Speaking exclusively to Goodison News, Campbell said: “I discussed last season about looking at maybe (Wilfried) Zaha.

“But (Saint-Maximin) he’s lightning quick, he is skilful he can beat people, he’s dynamic, gets people off the edge of their seats

“I see that as a really good move, but I think there would be quite a few clubs interested in him if Newcastle are going to sell.”

Newcastle not likely to sell

The former OGC Nice forward still has four years left on his current contract, and the Magpies will demand top dollar to sell him anytime soon.

However, we do not see Everton parting with £60million or £50million for an injury-prone player yet to lit up the Premier League.

Saint-Maximin has six goals and eight assists in 51 top-flight games, and there is no sense paying that much for him.

The financial situation of things makes spending such an outlay on one player impossible for the Toffees, and Benitez would be better off signing two or more players with it.

Should the Newcastle winger find a way to improve his finishing and stay fit every season, he definitely has everything it takes to become a £60million player.

He is arguably the most exciting player to watch in the English top-flight right now, and we could do with some attractive brand of football at Goodison Park.

Saint-Maximin brings that to the table, but the Tyneside outfit are not going to want to lose one of their most important players after just two seasons.

It could be the difference between relegation and survival for such a struggling side.

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