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Newcastle to tie down £16m star to mammoth salary with new deal

Newcastle United star Allan Saint-Maximin is poised to sign a contract extension with the Premier League club, according to a report.

Sky Sports state that the Frenchman will sign a deal that will see him add an extra 12 months onto the six-year deal he was offered when he arrived at St James’ Park last summer.

The 23-year-old has impressed the Newcastle faithful since signing from Ligue 1 outfit Nice for £16million and is line for a big wage increase, the source says.

The deal would keep him on Tyneside until 2026 and he would become one of the club’s highest earners.

The Sun reported in July that he was frustrated over his reported £36,000 weekly wage, but now it seems like that is about to change.

The France under-21 international scored four times in 30 games last season, providing seven assists as he became a fan-favourite among the Toon Army.

Last time out, the winger scored a goal and assisted another in Newcastle’s 3-1 win over Burnley in the Premier League prior to the international break.

His influence in the Steve Bruce’s side is noticeable with the Magpies winning just one of the 16 games the attacker has not started in.

Further to this, their points-per-game ratio drops from 1.6 when he starts a game to 0.6 when he doesn’t.

After the recent 3-1 victory over Burnley, Bruce told Sky Sports: “He can do things that other people can’t. He is explosive. He is a goalscorer and a threat.”

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Celtic’s Christie a key target for Newcastle

Meanwhile, the Newcastle manager is setting his sights on Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie as the club prepares for a January transfer window pursuit.

The 25-year-old has started the season in Scotland in eye-catching form, netting four goals and bagging two assists in just seven league games.

The Premiership champions offered the 13-time capped Scotland international a new contract after notching 19 successful strikes for Neil Lennon’s side last term.

Christie is yet to sign on the dotted line, though.

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