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Amanda Staveley, a part-owner of Newcastle United, has expressed her admiration of Allan Saint-Maximin, stating that the club are "honoured" to have him.
The winger has been one of the few silver linings for the Toon in recent seasons, regularly entertaining fans with his goals, trickery and direct running.
Saint-Maximin is widely expected to be one of the few players who will be kept at St James Park in the coming years, as his talent shines through - even as the rest of the team struggles.
Asked by L'Equipe if Newcastle would be building their team around the Frenchman, Staveley said: "I don't want to comment on this at this time. What I can just say is that he's special, unique: he's a very talented star."
"We are honoured that he plays for Newcastle."
Away from the qualities of the 24-year-old, Staveley also offered her opinion on what the club's transfer strategy will be like for the remainder of the season.
With Newcastle very much in a Premier League relegation dog fight as things stand, the pressure will be on the new owners to invest heavily into the squad come January.
However, if her comments on recruiting in the January window are anything to go by, it could be quieter than many are anticipating.
"The January transfer window is not the best time. The best window is always in summer. Our objective is to invest at all levels: we will recruit for the first team, but also for the women's team, the youth teams," Staveley added.
"We want to improve our infrastructure and our training."
While long-term investment is certainly key, the Magpies have a more immediate requirement - to simply stay in the top flight.
Sunday's 3-2 defeat to Spurs, where the hosts took the lead after just two minutes, was a timely reminder of the task that manager Steve Bruce faces to turn their fortunes around.
If the slump continues into the new year, Staveley and the Saudi Public Investment Fund may have to rethink their strategy.
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