Newcastle transfer news: Reporter thinks Toon will improve Maddison offer
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Newcastle transfer news: Reporter thinks Toon will improve Maddison offer

Newcastle United are expected to make an improved offer for James Maddison.

That’s according to the Telegraph’s Luke Edwards, who has provided some information on the Magpies’ pursuit of the Leicester midfielder.

News broke on Saturday morning that Newcastle have had a £40million bid rejected for Maddison. While the bid being turned down was disappointing, it’s incredibly exciting to see us trying to sign a player of his calibre.

The 25-year-old is a very creative player who can score goals and create them, and has proven to be one of the Premier League’s most effective attacking midfielders in recent years.

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That’s why Newcastle want him, and it looks like a bigger offer could be on the horizon.

Newcastle will improve Maddison offer

Edwards has appeared on BBC Sport’s Transfer Gossip Daily podcast, and given his view on Newcastle’s bid to land Maddison.

“I notice there’s been some comments from Rodgers over the weekend,” he said.

“He certainly hasn’t ruled out selling Maddison which I think is interesting. So I think Newcastle will go in with a second bid, an improved bid.

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“I think they have been led to believe, as tends to be the case with these transfer stories, that Maddison wants to make the move.

“So they will have to decide how much more money they are willing to pay for him.”

Club record fee needed to sign Maddison

If Newcastle are going to sign Maddison, it is going to take a club record fee. They have already offered the same amount that Joelinton cost in 2019.

With that offer already rejected, Maddison is going to cost in excess of £40million. It’s been claimed that Leicester want £60million.

That’s a big jump for Newcastle, and one they might not be prepared to make. As Edwards says, it depends on how much more the Magpies are willing to pay.

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Hopefully a compromise can be reached, as he is an exceptional player who can transform our offensive fortunes. He would take the pressure off of Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin, who are our two most important attacking sparks.

Of course, Eddie Howe is also keen to sign a new striker as well. That might not be possible if we totally splash out on Maddison. So it’s up to the Toon hierarchy to decide how much they are willing to spend on Maddison, and whether or not that means they can make more additions.

If the midfielder is keen on a move to Newcastle, as Edwards suggests, then we need to push for this deal. He would be another game-changing signing by the new owners, and would take our summer business from good to great.