Newcastle United fans flock to James Maddison tweet amid new bid reports

Newcastle United fans are keen to see James Maddison arrive at St James’ Park.

Newcastle United have reportedly submitted a fresh bid to Leicester City for attacking midfielder James Maddison.

News broke on Saturday morning of the Magpies’ interest in Maddison, with an opening offer between £35million to £40m turned down by the Foxes.

Eddie Howe was asked about Maddison after his side’s 2-1 pre-season friendly win over La Liga outfit Athletic Bilbao but refused to comment.

However, it appears United are persisting with a move for the 25-year-old with the Daily Telegraph reporting that a new bid has gone in.

The transfer fee is claimed to be in excess of £45m but “payments are staggered”.

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Brendan Rodgers has already provided his stance on Maddison’s future, and joked United’s first bid would have only covered “three-quarters of his left leg”

The Leicester boss said: “He’s still very much a player here. Naturally the players are sought after because they are talents.

“You see his performance, you see how happy he is and he’s not a player we want to sell. It’s not for me to put valuations on the players, it’s not my side, but that might just cover three-quarters of his left leg, that price. He’s a top player.”

Newcastle fans, as they tend to do via the power of social media, have sent several messages to Maddison in hope of seeing him in black and white colours this season.

When Maddison tweeted a photo with the caption “pre season done. Win to top it off @premierleague season awaits @ King Power Stadium” after Leicester’s 1-0 win over Sevilla, Magpies supporters saw an opportunity.

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One fan said: “Come to Newcastle we’ve got mint bridges and a magic Brazilian”, while another replied: “Get yourself up to Newcastle son, you’ll not regret it.”