Newcastle United: Magpies unlikely to launch January move for James Maddison
Newcastle United are reportedly unlikely to launch a move to sign Leicester City midfielder James Maddison during the upcoming January transfer window.
The Lowdown: Newcastle linked with Maddison
The Tyneside club were linked with a move for the Leicester midfielder during the summer but didn’t end up signing him after seeing a £50m bid rejected.
Since then, the 26-year-old has scored seven goals and provided four assists in 13 appearances in the Premier League and even found himself alongside the likes of Nick Pope and Callum Wilson in England’s World Cup squad.
Now that the January transfer window is approaching, it seems as though an update has emerged regarding the Magpies’ interest in the midfield maestro.
The Latest: Newcastle unlikely to launch Maddison move
In a recent post on Twitter, journalist Luke Edwards discussed Maddison, Newcastle’s interest in him and the likelihood of seeing the club trying to sign him in January.
He said: “#nufc “highly unlikely” to move for James Maddison in Jan according to well placed sources. There could be signings made but not going to be huge month for recruitment and that deal is very, very expensive and difficult to do. Still like the player though and remains of interest.”
The Verdict: Newcastle should wait until the summer
Not only has Maddison been incredibly effective in terms of his goal contributions at club level this season, he has also made more key passes (31) and had more shots at goal (39) than any other Leicester player.
In addition, his overall performances have earned the Englishman an impressive season rating of 7.39/10 from WhoScored, leaving only six players in the entire division with higher.
With a January move for the Foxes star unlikely according to Edwards’ update, we feel that it would definitely be worth waiting until next summer for Newcastle to take action.
Bearing in mind how Maddison’s current contract at Leicester is set to expire in June 2024, next summer could be an ideal time for the Midlands outfit to cash in on him if he wants to move away and join a club like Newcastle.