Newcastle United want to sign James Maddison from Leicester City this summer, and have now been offered hope over a transfer to Tyneside.
According to i News, Maddison is intrigued by the current project at Newcastle as he ponders his Leicester future.
The 26-year-old’s contract at the King Power Stadium expires in 2024, meaning the Foxes either need to tie him down to a new deal or cash in now to ensure they don’t lose him for nothing.
The report states that Leicester are keen for Maddison to extend his contract, but that is seemingly unlikely to happen. i News add that the midfielder wants be an England regular in the future at play in the Champions League.
That might not happen in a Leicester shirt, but it could if he joins Newcastle.
Newcastle could be able to give James Maddison what he wants
With 13 games to go, Newcastle are still very much in the mix to qualify for next season’s Champions League. That would surely tip the scales and enhance Maddison’s desire to leave Leicester for the North East.
While he is seemingly ‘intrigued’ about joining Eddie Howe’s side, the Toon boss is convinced that he is the player that his side need. The report from i News states that Maddison is a priority target for the Magpies, who believe that a deal for the England international is possible.
He has been relentlessly linked with Newcastle ever since rumours first emerged last summer. Finances got in the way of a deal being done, but a switch certainly feels more likely this time.
It has already been claimed that Newcastle are confident of a deal, while his unwillingness to sign a new deal with Leicester could force his current employer’s hand. There is no way they can let him leave for nothing at the end of next season.
That means they might need to entertain offers this summer, and a transfer to Newcastle could be very appealing if Howe’s side finish in the top four and secure Champions League football for next season.