Newcastle have made an improved offer in the region of £50m for James Maddison

Newcastle have made an upgraded offer in the region of £50 million for Leicester midfielder James Maddison; the Magpies’ first £40 million approach for the 25-year-old was rejected over the weekend; the Foxes are said to value the former Norwich player at closer to £60 million.

The Magpies are awaiting a reaction to their enhanced offer for the 25-year-old after their initial £40 million deal was turned down over the weekend.

Leicester are said to value Maddison, who joined the Foxes for £24 million from Norwich in June 2018, at around £60 million.

If Newcastle accepts the bid, Maddison will become the club’s biggest signing, surpassing the £40 million they paid Hoffenheim for Joelinton in July 2019.

Last season, Maddison scored 18 goals and assisted on 12 others in 53 appearances for Leicester across all competitions.

Despite some disappointments in the transfer market this summer, Eddie Howe remains determined to bolster his side, having been thwarted in their attempts to buy Everton midfielder Anthony Gordon, while French striker Hugo Ekitike chose to join PSG over Newcastle.

So far this summer, the north east club has signed three players: Aston Villa left-back Matt Targett, Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope, and Lille defender Sven Botman.

Brendan Rodgers, manager of Leicester City, wants to keep Maddison and joked after Sunday’s 1-0 friendly win over Sevilla that £40 million would buy “three-quarters of his left leg.”

Leicester, the only top-flight club yet to sign a new player this summer, will need to sell to bring in reinforcements, but Rodgers has insisted that they will not be exploited over Maddison or others.

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“There is certainly a financial position within the club that isn’t optimal for doing business. It does not imply that we will be exploited, and we do not want to lose our finest players “He stated.

“You don’t want to lose your best players and then be unable to replace them. That does not add up.

“James is looking better than he has in my time here. He is a pleasure to deal with. I adore him as a young man, watching him mature from a 15-year-old to a 25-year-old father.

“He is really important to us. I would never consider selling him.”


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