Newcastle United tried to sign James Maddison during the summer transfer window, and will reportedly make a fresh move in January.
That’s according to the Northern Echo, who claim that the Leicester midfielder is the Magpies’ number one target when the transfer window reopens.
Maddison was a shock target for Newcastle during the summer, and would have been a very welcome addition. Dan Ashworth and co made two bids for the 25-year-old, but both were turned down by the Foxes. The Northern Echo add that Newcastle’s second offer was worth £40million, which remains their valuation of the England international.
Newcastle failed to meet Leicester’s asking price, meaning Maddison remained at the King Power Stadium.
But with his contract set to expire in 2024 and Brendan Rodgers’ side enduring a tough start to the new season, the Magpies could be preparing a fresh move come the turn of the year.
Newcastle might have a better chance to sign Maddison in January
While Leicester didn’t want to sell Maddison this summer, things might be different in January.
Rodgers’ side are currently bottom of the Premier League, failing to win any of their first six games. It’s been a grim start for the Foxes, who could soon be in real danger if they can’t find a way to turn things around.
They have been unable to recruit players this summer, with funds limited due to financial fair play restraints. That’s why there was so much talk of big names leaving Leicester. In the end they sold Wesley Fofana for £70million.
But if Leicester are in trouble come January and need reinforcements, they may be forced to sell again.
That could help Newcastle, and a move to St James’ Park could be even more appealing for Maddison in January. If Howe’s side are doing well and within reach of a European place, he will surely be keen to push for a move to Tyneside.
Bringing in Maddison, who has ‘immense quality‘ according to Rodgers, would have been a real coup this summer, and he would still be an excellent signing in the winter.
Getting a player like him could take us to an even higher level, which is exciting considering how well we are already playing.