Ally McCoist believes Newcastle will be getting a bargain if they can sign James Maddison for £50million, and has disputed claims it would be a backwards step for him.
The Magpies are trying to sign Maddison from Leicester, and have so far had two bids rejected. The first was worth £40million, and the second was more than £45million.
However, the Foxes are standing firm at the moment and don’t want to lose their number 10.
A big money transfer from Leicester to Newcastle would certainly turn heads. And it would symbolise the changing of the times since the takeover on Tyneside.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have been excellent in recent years, and even came close to breaking into the top four. It’s led to some people suggesting that Maddison would be taking a backwards step if he moves to Newcastle.
However, McCoist has explained why he doesn’t think that is the case.
Ally McCoist on James Maddison to Newcastle rumour
A potential move to Newcastle for Maddison has been debated on TalkSPORT, with Darren Bent claiming it would be a ‘backward step‘ for him based on where the Magpies are compared to Leicester right now.
However, McCoist disagrees.
“You look at Jack Grealish going for £100million, you’d probably say Maddison would be a steal at £50million,” he said.
He was then asked how much he thinks the Leicester midfielder is worth by presenter Alan Brazil.
“Maybe about £65million, £70million which is incredible.
“Where I disagree with the boys, certainly Benty [Darren Bent], I wouldn’t have it down as a backwards step going to Newcastle.
“I know what we’re saying, certainly Leicester have had injuries, but is there any real intent from Leicester? Has Brendan been allowed to go and say ‘right, here’s what I’m going to do, here are my plans for next season, next couple of seasons. I’m going to bring two or three in and we’re going to be off and running again’.
“I’ve not seen that at Leicester. That’s the one thing that will happen at Newcastle. There’s no doubt that will happen.”
Newcastle on the up
On the face of it, it’s very easy to argue that it’s a backwards move for Maddison. He’s been playing in Europe for Leicester and competing for trophies, while Newcastle have only just avoided relegation.
But when you look at the bigger picture, a move to St James’ Park would benefit Maddison in the long run.
While Newcastle are on the up, it’s unclear where Leicester are going. They haven’t been able to invest this summer, which could hinder their ability to progress this season.
In contrast, Eddie Howe’s side are all about progression at the moment. The club is constantly moving in an upwards trajectory, with the eventual goal of challenging near the top.
To do that we need players like Maddison, and hopefully we come back with a third offer that is sufficient. Will a bid of around £50million seal the deal? Hopefully, and McCoist believes that would be a bargain for the Magpies.