The news was fuelled by Saint-Maximin’s Instagram activity – where he liked four of Newcastle’s posts.
The Shields Gazette is even claiming the deal will be done within the next 48-hours.
If Newcastle were to sign Saint-Maximin, they would be signing one of Europe’s best dribblers and a player who has immense potential.
He does, however, have problems with his consistency and temperament – sound familiar?
Three games later, however, he was on the receiving end of a Nigel de Jong tackle – that broke Ben Arfa’s leg and he did not return for Newcastle until the following season.
The 2011/12 season was an amazing one for the Toon as they finished fifth and Ben Arfa played a starring role in the second half of the season – including an incredible solo goal against Bolton at St James’ Park.
The Frenchman developed the reputation of the spectacular and in his time at Newcastle he produced some moments of brilliance.
This sort of flair has not been seen at Newcastle since Ben Arfa departed and Saint-Maximin could provide that.
However, Saint-Maximin has the potential to frustrate as well as delight – he is often guilty of over-complicating matters, and a return of 12 goals and 17 assists in Ligue 1 from a player with so much talent is poor.
Ben Arfa was the same at Newcastle – he had so much raw talent, yet he could not deliver consistently.
If Newcastle were to sign Saint-Maximin, they would be getting a player with real flair and quality but also someone who will frustrate as much as he pleases – much like former Toon favourite Ben Arfa.