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Newcastle: Magpies could return for James Maddison in January

Newcastle: Magpies could return for James Maddison in January -Newcastle United News

Newcastle United could revive their attempted move for Leicester City’s James Maddison during the January transfer window, according to The I’s Mark Douglas.

The lowdown

Newcastle made two offers for Maddison during the summer window, the second of which was worth £50million (via Sky Sports News).

Leicester rejected it, though, with Ben Jacobs of CBS Sports reporting that they wanted at least £55million to begin serious negotiations.

The Englishman, who’s now into the final two years of his deal with the Foxes, was reportedly interested in making the move to St James’ Park.

The latest

Douglas wrote on Twitter that there is ‘money available in January’ for Newcastle to spend, and it may be directed towards Maddison.

Indeed, he explains in the attached story that the club ‘may return to some of the targets they missed out on this summer’ with the Foxes star name-checked in the piece.

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The verdict

One potential factor in this mooted transfer is Leicester’s dreadful form.

They have started the season with one draw and four defeats from their first five matches, leaving them bottom of the pile, while Newcastle are sat comfortably up the table.

If Maddison senses that the two clubs are very much on opposite trajectories, then perhaps he’ll push hard to secure a move.

Newcastle would surely regard the 25-year-old, who’s similar in profile to the likes of Mason Mount, Marco Reus and Angel Di Maria, as a major coup.

England manager Gareth Southgate once raved about his ‘outstanding technical ability’ and ‘world-class’ set-piece deliveries, while Brendan Rodgers says he boasts ‘immense quality‘.

In 137 Premier League appearances, Maddison has been directly involved in 61 goals, scoring 35 and assisting 26 more.


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