Newly-minted Newcastle are trying to make a splash in the transfer market this summer by signing Leicester City’s James Maddison.
Maddison is coming off the back of an excellent individual season which saw him score 18 and assist 12 in 53 outings for the Foxes.
Newcastle’s interest in the 25-year-old is well documented and they look to have made a second bid for him recently.
However, Sky Sports report Keith Downie has revealed on Tuesday evening that Newcastle’s second offer for Maddison was rejected by Leicester, and that the North East outfit are deciding whether to continue their pursuit of Maddison or move on to other targets as they don’t want to overpay for players due to FFP regulations:
Elsewhere on Tuesday, Dean Jones claimed that Maddison is not that interested in joining Newcastle and if he was going to leave Leicester, it would be for Arsenal or Tottenham:
“James Maddison has had an approach from Newcastle. The offer Newcastle have put to Leicester isn’t enough and they have to decide whether or not to bid again,” Jones said.
“They’ve not been encouraged to bid again and I don’t get any signs that Maddison actually wants to join Newcastle, from what I hear Maddison wants to join Tottenham or Arsenal.
“If he’s going to leave Leicester one of those two need to make an offer, that’s the latest I’ve heard.”
Arsenal recently signed Fabio Vieira as back-up for Martin Odegaard in the no.10 role, whilst Tottenham are currently not operating with a central attacking midfielder, leaving little room for Maddison at either club.