Eddie Howe warns Newcastle United fans over Allan Saint-Maximin speculation

Eddie Howe has responded to the transfer speculation surrounding Newcastle Unite star Allan Saint-Maximin.

Eddie Howe insists Allan Saint-Maximin has a long-term future at Newcastle United - and warned fans not to believe everything they read.

It was reported by a national newspaper over the weekend that the Magpies were open to cashing in on the Frenchman this summer at around £50million.

Saint-Maximin has been a big topic of discussion among supporters in recent weeks with the winger struggling for form since recovering from a calf injury and illness.

Howe was asked by NewcastleWorld if the 25-year-old had a long-term at St James’ Park amid the recent speculation.

Eddie Howe responds to Allan Saint-Maximin speculation

“Absolutely, yes,” the Newcastle head coach responded. “Don’t always believe what you read in the papers.

“I’ve got a great relationship with Maxi, I’ve really enjoyed working with him.

“For me, if you look between now and the end of the season, we need Maxi at his very best levels, he could potentially be the difference between us staying in the league.

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

Saint-Maximin’s inclusion in the starting XI against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday was his first since February 13.

That was after the Frenchman got a much-needed two weeks of training under his belt in Dubai and then back on Tyneside.

He’s expected to line-up against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday night.