James Maddison to Spurs? Newcastle facing competition from ‘lots of clubs’ for Leicester star
Leicester City playmaker James Maddison is on Tottenham Hotspur’s ‘radar’, according to CBS Sports correspondent Ben Jacobs.
In what has been a poor start to the season for the Foxes, Maddison has been very impressive.
In ten Premier League matches, the 25-year-old has six goals and two assists.
Brendan Rodgers’ side were 4-0 victors over Wolves at Molineux last week, lifting the Foxes out of the relegation zone.
After failing to win any of their opening seven Premier League encounters, Leicester have won three, drawn one and lost one of their last five.
As Maddison is thriving in a struggling team, it is no surprise to see him linked with a move elsewhere.
Arsenal were reportedly interested last year before signing Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid.
And Newcastle United and Tottenham were both linked with the England World Cup hopeful in the most recent summer transfer window.
Spurs were busy in the summer, spending over £152million and bringing in eight new players.
However, head coach Antonio Conte does not usually utilise a player of Maddison’s profile.
The one-cap England midfielder is often used by Rodgers as a left or right-sided midfielder, or in the No. 10 role.
As no players play in those positions in Conte’s system, rumours of Spurs’ interest in Maddison is relatively surprising.
A move to Newcastle makes a lot more sense.
The Magpies have unlimited funds after being taken over last year and Maddison would be another tremendous signing, following the likes of Bruno Guimaraes, Sven Botman and Alexander Isak through the door.
CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs has confirmed that Maddison is on Spurs’ radar.
He admits there are “far more than just” Spurs and Newcastle interested, however.
“Tottenham have had Maddison on their radar as well and, come next summer, they might be the kind of club, if they get back-to-back seasons of Champions League football, that’s a big appeal to James Maddison,” Jacobs told GiveMeSport.
“But there’s far more than just those two, as you would expect given his current form.
“There are lots of clubs in the Premier League in particular really looking very seriously at James Maddison because he’s proving week on week what he can offer to a top club.”
Much has been said of Maddison’s potential inclusion in England’s World Cup squad.
As mentioned prior, the former Aberdeen loanee only has one cap for his country.
He made his debut in 2019 when the Three Lions beat Montenegro 7-0 in a Euro 2020 qualifier.
There is a lot of competition for places in midfield with Mason Mount, Jude Bellingham and Phil Foden three of many ahead of him in the pecking order under Gareth Southgate.
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