Newcastle United made a second bid for James Maddison on Monday, but it has now been rejected by Leicester City.
The Magpies are trying to bring Maddison to St James’ Park, having had two big money offers turned down. The first was worth £40million late last week, and the latest offer was reportedly ‘in excess of‘ £45million with add-ons.
However, the Foxes have said no again. 90min reported that the bid had been rejected on Monday night, and various other outlets are now backing up this claim.
However, while Newcastle’s latest bid has been turned down, it’s not all doom and gloom in the pursuit of Maddison.
Newcastle receive Maddison encouragement despite bid rejection
According to 90min, Newcastle want to continue talks with Leicester about signing Maddison. That’s because they have received encouragement from ‘intermediaries connected to’ the England international.
It’s been claimed by the Telegraph’s Luke Edwards that Newcastle believe Maddison wants to join Eddie Howe’s side.
There must be some belief that a deal can be done if the Magpies keep coming back to the table. Especially with the money involved.
It’s going to take a club record fee to bring Maddison to St James’ Park, but he is absolutely worth it. We are desperate for attacking reinforcements, and his goal contributions last season show why he would be perfect in black and white.
Maddison provided 30 goals and assists in total last season in all contributions, including 20 in the Premier League. That is a staggering amount, and way more than any Newcastle player managed.
He’s one of the best attacking midfielders in the top flight, and pundit Danny Murphy believes he’s good enough to play in Europe’s top competition.
“Is he [Maddison] good enough? Yes. He’s a Champions League player,” he recently told TalkSPORT.
His talent is clear for all to see, and that’s why he’s going to cost a lot of money. It’s up to Newcastle to decide how much they are willing to pay for him.
Leicester’s interest in Martin Dubravka might help the Magpies, but we wait to see if Dan Ashworth launches a third bid for Maddison.