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Allan Saint-Maximin wants to play European football (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Newcastle fear they could be forced into selling Allan Saint-Maximin after the winger ‘had his head turned’ by interest from Chelsea and Tottenham.

The £40m winger is a fans’ favourite in the north-east and the 25-year-old enjoys life at St James’ Park.

However, his performances have attracted attention from the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham.

Despite Newcastle’s new-found riches, the Magpies are wary of breaking Financial Fair Play rules and they will attempt to keep spending to around £100m this summer.

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Chelsea and Spurs have both shown interest in the Frenchman (Photo by James Gill – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Some squad members had expected bumper pay-rises following the takeover of the club but the Magpies are still easily beaten on salaries by members of the top-six and Saint-Maximin knows he can double his wages with a move to London.

Chelsea and Tottenham have both enquired about the Frenchman and according to the Daily Mail, the winger’s head has ‘been turned’.

The Magpies hope to convince the winger to stay by making significant additions to the squad.

Nick Pope is set to arrive after the Magpies agreed a £12m deal with Burnley for the England stopper.

The Magpies are close to agreeing fees for Lille’s Sven Botman and Hugo Ekitike of Reims but their remains some going to convince the pair to move to the north-east.

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