Journalist suggests Newcastle aren't James Maddison's first choice for a transfer
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Journalist suggests Newcastle aren't James Maddison's first choice for a transfer

Newcastle United want to sign James Maddison this summer, but a move to St James’ Park might not be his first choice.

That’s according to journalist Ben Jacobs, who suggests that the Leicester City midfielder would rather join Tottenham Hotspur.

The Magpies have made two offers to bring Maddison to the North East, having turned their attentions to the England international late last week.

Newcastle’s first offer of £40million was rejected on Friday, and it looks like the improved offer has also been turned down.

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Whether Eddie Howe’s side return with the third bid remains to be seen, but there is real excitement from the Toon Army about Maddison possibly joining the club.

However, Jacobs has suggested that the chance to join Tottenham might appeal more to the 25-year-old.

Ben Jacobs on James Maddison

The journalist has appeared on Tottenham fan podcast the Last Word On Spurs, and was asked about a possible Spurs move for Maddison.

Antonio Conte’s side have been loosely linked with the midfielder, but haven’t pursued him as aggressively as Newcastle.

“He’s the type of character if the right offer comes in, he would push for a move,” Jacobs said.

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“He’s desperate to play European football if he can, which is bad news for Newcastle but maybe good news for Spurs.

“And it’s a World Cup year. He’s down in the pecking order and would like a move which would help him maybe push for Qatar 2022.”

Jacobs later added: “What’s interesting is that if Newcastle were to have an offer accepted Spurs may let them do the leg work and then hijack that bid.

“It’s still one to watch because in a straight choice between Newcastle and Tottenham, Maddison would pick Tottenham. Solely because he would like to live in London, it’s Champions League football.”

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Newcastle need Maddison more

Realistically, it’s no surprise that Maddison would prefer a move to Tottenham, if what Jacobs has said is correct. The lure of Champions League football would be enough to tip the scales in Spurs’ favour.

He’s already got experience of Europe, but hasn’t played in UEFA’s top tier competition. He would get that at Spurs this season, after Conte’s side finished fourth during the 2021/22 campaign.

But while a move to Tottenham might be more appealing, it is only an issue if they actually make a move. As it stands, that isn’t happening. Is it likely? It doesn’t feel it given where Maddison plays and the players Conte already has.

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A move to Newcastle won’t give him Champions League football, but it would make Maddison part of a project where that is the goal. It will take a few years to get there, but that’s why we want players like him.

As Jacobs says, there is the potential threat that a deal could be hijacked if we eventually agree a price with Leicester. That’s why there is pressure on Newcastle to move swiftly and efficiently.

If it’s a toss up between Newcastle and Tottenham, Jacobs thinks Maddison would pick the latter. That’s fair enough, but at the moment it’s just a one horse race.

Hopefully it remains that way with Dan Ashworth securing Newcastle’s biggest signing ever.

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