The Lowdown: Leicester standing firm
The 25-year-old still has two years remaining on his contract with Leicester City, though that hasn’t stopped him from being linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium.
Who should Spurs sign before the window shuts?
A world class centre-back
Just last month, Paul O Keefe, an FA Registered Intermediary, claimed that the Lilywhites were ‘very seriously considering’ an approach for the midfielder before deadline day, but they aren’t the only club interested in his services.
Fellow Premier League side Newcastle United are also keen on his signature, but have already seen two bids in the region of £40m rejected, with the Foxes reluctant to let their prized asset leave unless their valuation of approximately £60m is met.
The Latest: Spurs stance confirmed
Taking to Twitter, Jacobs revealed Tottenham’s current stance on a potential deal for Maddison before September 1.
“Newcastle have no plans to bid again for James Maddison unless Leicester dramatically lower their valuation. Leicester want Maddison to stay and sign a new deal. Nothing significant in the Spurs links as yet. Leicester won’t sell Wesley Fofana and Maddison in same window.”
The Verdict: Not right for Conte?
Fabio Paratici has already splashed the cash on six new signings this summer, accumulating to almost £100m, however, not one of those fresh faces was named in Antonio Conte’s starting XI against Chelsea last weekend.
While Maddison’s quality is arguably undeniable with pundit Noel Whelan calling him a potentially ‘amazing signing for Tottenham this summer’, Conte’s tactical choices so far this season indicate he wouldn’t slot in seamlessly.
The boss has opted to play with the 3-4-3 formation, choosing not to field a creative playmaker in his preferred line-up, suggesting that the Leicester star would be nothing more than a bench warmer or potential rotational choice.
With the Italian having the likes of Dejan Kulusevski and Son Heung-Min at his disposal to play alongside Harry Kane, a move for Maddison at this stage is one that maybe isn’t necessary.
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