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Eddie Howe insists Allan Saint-Maximin ‘has a long-term future’ at Newcastle amid reports linking the French striker to Everton and Wolves


Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has played down speculation about a summer outing for Allan Saint-Maximin.

Saint-Maximin has been the club’s best player so far this season, scoring five goals as the Magpies seek to avoid a late relegation battle.

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Saint-Maximin has been linked with a move away from Newcastle this summer

The Frenchman endured a frustrating few weeks through injury and was linked with a summer move away from St James’ Park, with Wolves and Everton among those reportedly keen.

But in the face of speculation, Howe sent a clear message to anyone suggesting the 25-year-old could be allowed to move on.

Speaking at his press conference, Howe said: “I have a great relationship with Maxi. I really enjoyed working with him and we need him at his best. It could potentially make the difference.

“He’s an incredible talent and of course he has a long-term future at the club.”

When asked if he and Saint-Maximin had a good relationship, Howe added, “Absolutely, yes. Don’t always believe what you read in the newspapers.

“I have a great relationship with Maxi, I really enjoyed working with him.”

Eddie Howe insists Allan Saint-Maximin ‘has a long-term future’ at Newcastle amid reports linking the French striker to Everton and Wolves

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Howe is apparently determined to keep his star man this summer

Any potential interest from Everton could hinge on their ability to secure their place in the Premier League next season, a situation which Simon Jordan says is due to Farhad Moshiri’s poor record in decision-making.

When asked who was to blame for Everton’s fate, Jordan said: “I think Moshiri, at the end of the day, because he’s the intellectual capital behind who makes these appointments.

“At Frank’s [Lampard] entering without a point of reference, Moshiri made it worse. Frank was a good date if Everton were in good condition.

“If Everton have all their ducks in a row when Frank Lampard arrives, a rookie manager, who I think will always be a top manager, but those experiences are quite debilitating for him.

Eddie Howe insists Allan Saint-Maximin ‘has a long-term future’ at Newcastle amid reports linking the French striker to Everton and Wolves

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Everton could struggle to land a shot for the Newcastle star

“Paul Clement and his team behind the scenes need to do a bit more as they are supposed to be elite coaches to bridge the gap between Frank Lampard.”

Jordan added: “The blame game is useless but, in this case, if you want to point the finger at people, it’s a lack of decision-making that is good for Moshiri’s Everton Football Club.

“The financial mismanagement has put them in a situation where this group of players is not good enough.”

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