Newcastle and Tottenham are set to battle it out for the signature of James Maddison who is preparing to leave Leicester City.
Leicester City were relegated from the Premier League as perhaps the biggest surprise of the whole season after a shocking season for the Foxes. James Maddison was one of the few shining lights in the squad.
The Englishman is now set to leave the club as he wishes to compete in the Premier League and perhaps even in European football.
New boss Ange Postecoglou wants to sign Maddison at Spurs to begin his rebuild of the club and has already asked the bosses at the club to target the attacking midfielder.
Newcastle have been interested in Maddison since the summer of 2022 and have been working on a deal for the player for a year now.
Fabrizio Romano reported that both clubs are about to begin negotiations with the 26-year-old and offer him their respective proposals soon.
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Newcastle can offer Maddison the chance to play in the Champions League next season which could tilt the odds in their favour as Tottenham will not be competing in any European competitions after finishing 8th in the league.
Leicester City reportedly accept that Maddison can leave and will let him go for the right price considering he only has a year left on his contract and wishes to stay in the Premier League.
No deal has been done yet though as the clubs will need to agree a fee with the club and it remains to be seen what Leicester consider to be “the right price.”
It seems to be a fight between two opposites as Newcastle and Spurs look to be heading in opposite directions with their development and futures.
Newcastle look like they will only be heading forward with their new ambitious ownership. In contrast, Spurs are in a difficult spot with a less-than-convincing squad in the hands of an inexperienced new manager.
It looks like it could get worse before it gets better for Spurs and hence Newcastle seems like the better place to be for an up-and-coming English talent like James Maddison.