NEWCASTLE talisman Allan Saint-Maximin has reportedly grown frustrated with the wage structure in place at St. James' Park.
Toon are claimed to have explored the prospect of selling Saint-Maximin this summer in order to raise further funds for transfers.
That valuation was deemed too high, but Saint-Maximin's head is claimed to have been turned by the prospect of bigger salaries on offer elsewhere.
The winger is said to be frustrated by the wage structure at the club which restricts how much the Magpies can offer him.
The club know his feelings on the matter and face a dilemma over whether to open talks with Saint-Maximin over an improved deal.
Despite the vast riches since the Saudi-backed takeover last October, financial fair play means sales are needed to Newcastle in order to bring in multiple new players.
It's understood Toon are hoping to raise funds with sales this summer.
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