Newcastle United are of the understanding that Leicester City midfielder James Maddison would be keen on a move to the club, according to The Mail.
The report claims that the Magpies are keen to continue talks with Leicester over a deal for the England international, having seen a £35million offer having already been rejected.
Newcastle are planning to proceed with negotiations with a deal said to be likely difficult to be reached with Eddie Howe’s side unprepared to go anywhere near a £60million valuation.
Journalist Ekrem Konur claimed on Twitter yesterday that Newcastle were preparing an improved £50million offer for the former Norwich City player.
The BBC have also reported the Foxes already snubbed a £40million bid from the Tynesiders for the England international, with Maddison still having two years to run on his existing contract at the King Power Stadium.
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It seems clear that Leicester’s financial predicament means they have to sell one of their prized assets this summer, however, that may not be Maddison.
There is reported interest from Chelsea in Wesley Fofana who would command a higher transfer fee than his team-mate which could mean that Brendan Rodgers would be able to hold onto Maddison for the season ahead.
Maddison’s ability to score from midfield would be a huge boost for Newcastle who have struggled to find a player who can contribute with more than ten top flight goals in recent years.
Leicester are likely to play hard ball and push for close to their £60million valuation, however, respective FFP issues for both sides could see this one failing to materialise.