Paul Merson tells Man Utd to sign Newcastle United star ahead of transfer deadline

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes Manchester United should look to St James’ Park to strengthen their ranks.

Paul Merson has told Manchester United to target a Newcastle United star ahead of the deadline.

The Red Devils are expected to have a busy end to the summer transfer window, with Erik ten Hag struggling to complete deals earlier in the summer.

Man United recently snapped up Casemiro from Real Madrid on a big-money deal, and they are not expectied to finish their business there.

As Ten Hag’s men begin to turn things around, fresh additions are very likely ahead of Thursday’s deadline, and Sky Sports pundit Merson has told them to sign a Newcastle star.

“If I was Man United, I would take Saint-Maximin over Antony every day of the week, every day of the week,” he said on Sky Sports, as cited by HITC.

“Newcastle fans won’t want me to say, and I am sure Newcastle won’t sell him now given the money they have got, it makes me laugh how people are looking at Antony and not Saint-Maximin.

“I don’t get it. I don’t get it.”

Allan has been heavily linked with a move away from Newcastle this summer, but it seems he won’t be going anywhere.

The Frenchman has featured regularly early in the season, and Howe recently spoke about him in glowing terms.

“We’ve worked really hard with Maxi during pre-season,” said Howe. “He’s trained well.

Allan Saint-Maximin of Newcastle United talks with Eddie Howe, Manager of Newcastle United, after the final whistle of the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St. James Park on August 21, 2022 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

“He’s delivered everything that we’ve asked him to deliver.

“You know, we’ve pushed him physically. He’s responded. So I’m hoping for a very, very good season.”

Those comments suggest Allan will be staying at St James’ Park, and not least because the Magpies have just spent a huge amount to improve their attack.

Selling Allan now could be beneficial when it comes to Financial Fair Play, but it would undoubtedly weaken an area Howe has been desperate to strengthen this summer.