Newcastle line up another Botman style transfer in January with Maddison


Newcastle line up another Botman style transfer in January with Maddison

Newcastle United are going to try and sign James Maddison again in January.

That’s according to the Northern Echo, who state that the Magpies hope to bring the midfielder to St James’ Park in 2023 after Leicester rejected their summer bids.

Newcastle made two offers for Maddison, but both were turned down. However, that has not turned Dan Ashworth and co against the 25-year-old. Instead, they will try and sign him again once the transfer window reopens.

It highlights the clear strategy being used by the Toon decision makers, and it’s one that has already served them well since the change of ownership.

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Newcastle want to do with Maddison what they did with Botman

Since taking over the club, the Newcastle owners have shown real patience in the transfer market. They have gone after the right players and refused to panic if and when a setback comes their way.

The recruitment team have also shown that they are prepared to bide their time for the right player. And that’s exactly what happened with Sven Botman.

The Dutchman was the club’s top target in January, the first transfer window since Amanda Staveley and co bought the club. Expectations were high and other teams charged the Magpies a premium. But Newcastle were prepared to wait.

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They weren’t going to let Lille rip them off, and decided to shelve their interest and bring in Dan Burn instead. That was an inspired decision, as the £13million man has been brilliant.

However, that didn’t stop Newcastle going in for Botman again. He hadn’t changed as a player – he was still the incredibly talented centre-back that Eddie Howe wanted at St James’ Park.

The Magpies tried to sign him again this summer, fended off interest from AC Milan and got their man. He joined the club for £35million, and now Newcastle have the player they craved. They were prepared to wait, showed patience and eventually got the deal done.

Now it looks like the owners are prepared to do the same with Maddison. He is clearly an exceptional player who would improve Howe’s squad.

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But given his contract situation and Leicester’s financial predicament, Newcastle weren’t prepared to pay over the odds in the summer. That wasn’t a sleight on Maddison and his ability. It was about the inflated transfer market.

Now the January transfer window is the next on the horizon, and the club are once again prepared to make a move for Maddison. That’s because they think he is an ideal fit for what Newcastle want.

Newcastle’s patience over Botman was rewarded. Hopefully we see the same outcome with Maddison when 2023 arrives.