Report: Newcastle United set to make £50million bid for England international

James Maddison
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Newcastle United are preparing an improved £50million offer for Leicester City midfielder James Maddison, according to journalist Ekrem Konur on Twitter.

The Foxes have already rejected an opening bid of £40million for the England international, with Maddison still having two years to run on his existing contract at the King Power Stadium (BBC).

Leicester have been relatively inactive during the summer transfer window with no big-money signings due and need to generate funds to comply with Financial Fair Play requirements.

The Times claimed yesterday that Brendan Rodgers’ side are holding out for £50million to sanction the sale of the playmaker, with Eddie Howe keen to add him to his squad before the window closes.

Konur has today claimed that the Magpies are now set to increase their offer for the 25-year-old.

The Sports View

Maddison would add another creative dimension to Newcastle’s threat in the final third of the pitch as Eddie Howe looks to revamp his squad for what many expect to be the Magpies’ resurgence to pushing for a regular top four place.

It would be disastrous for Leicester to lose such a key player on the other hand, with Maddison having scored 12 times in the Premier League last season (transfermarkt), which can often prove to be the difference in pushing for a European place or sitting in mid-table.