Chelsea and Liverpool ‘interested’ in Saint-Maximin – but face transfer issue

Newcastle’s biggest attacking threat, Allan Saint-Maximin, is reportedly the subject of interest of a number of clubs for the January transfer window.

The playmaker has, in many respects, been the only positive aspect of Newcastle’s campaign – and as such, he’s garnered the interest of Chelsea and Liverpool, according to Italian publication CalcioMercato.

Naturally, it would take a huge figure to draw the star away from St James’ Park – while Chelsea and the Reds would have to contend with another to obtain the signature of the Frenchman.

Chelsea have been solid this season – but proficiency in front of goal by Timo Werner remains an issue.

Liverpool, meanwhile, bought in Thiago to unlock their attacking trio – but a new set of legs just behind the front three could do wonders for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

The Magpies are yet to register a win this season, their most recent game being a 1-1 draw to Watford.

Following the game, Steve Bruce spoke about the problems facing the side at the moment.

He said: “The game should have been put out of sight but you can't come here and dominate the way we did and create the chances we had and miss them," Bruce told BBC Sport.

"We nearly got punished for it at the end, which would have been totally unjust in my opinion. Our performance was terrific, we've done okay of late and haven't managed to get that first win."

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“We were sloppy on too many occasions. The hardest part of the game is to score a goal, and that is a bit of mentality; you've got to go cold in front of goal."

"We've played very well and should have come here and won the game comprehensively."

Saint-Maximin is widely considered one of the most skilful dribblers in the league, and if Newcastle remain on course for relegation, there’s no doubt he will among several top names interested in signing him up.

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