It is no secret that Newcastle United want to sign James Maddison.

The Leicester star was the subject of a number of bids from the club last summer though the Foxes were understood to want up to £60m.

Maddison continues to be linked with a move to Newcastle with sporting director Dan Ashworth in particular said to be eager to land the player.

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So keeping abreast of his situation at Leicester seems rather natural for supporters.

Involved in the kind of relegation scrap that will conjure up vivid memories for Toon fans, the 26-year-old was a prominent figure in Leicester’s draw with Everton on Monday night.

Jordan Pickford comes up trumps against Maddison

Indeed, it will not be a game the England man remembers particularly fondly.

Maddison struck what was frankly quite an awful penalty against a man who evokes strong emotions from Newcastle fans in Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

While Pickford deserves credit for saving from 12 yards, Maddison’s effort was hardly much to shout about.

Of his save, Pickford said (via the Daily Telegraph): “I did my homework. Maddison is a good player and he would’ve expected me to move but I double-bluffed him and got one up on him.”

Penalty save might actually help Newcastle

Should Leicester now go down as a result of failing to beat a relegation rival at home, perhaps it could help Newcastle in the long run.

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Though the Foxes are hardly in the strongest bargaining position as it is given their star turn will have just a year to go on his contract at the end of the season, not being in the Premier League would make it even worse.

There will surely be plenty of competition when it comes to signing Maddison but swapping potentially the Championship for the Champions League this summer would be hard to ignore.

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