Newcastle United made ‘two official bids’ for England star snubbed by Gareth Southgate

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The Foxes attacking midfielder has been in impressive form so far this season.

Newcastle United made ‘two official bids’ for Leicester City star James Maddison during the summer transfer window - according to reports.

The Foxes attacking midfielder has began the season in eye-catching form, despite his side’s struggle to build momentum in the Premier League.

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Maddison has scored three goals and provided one assist in his six appaearances - although he has been unable to inspire Brendan Rodgers’ side, who have taken just one point in their seven league fixtures.

The former Norwich City star had been expected to be handed a chance to add to his solitary England cap by being named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the upcoming Nations League fixtures against Italy and Germany.

However, to the surprise of many, Maddison’s name was absent from the 28-man squad named by the England manager last week.

Journalist Fabrizio Romano was one onlooker seemingly surprised by the snub as he described Maddison as ‘a really top player’ and he suggested a move could be considered next summer after Newcastle were unsuccessful in two previous bids during the close-season.

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He wrote in his Caught Offside column: “I’ve had a lot of fans messaging me about James Maddison, with questions about if he’s been unlucky to miss out on the England squad again, and if he would be more likely to get in the squad if he played for a big six club.

“Gareth Southgate has his own ideas so I can’t say for sure, but personally I consider Maddison a really top player.

“There was interest from Newcastle with two official bids turned down during the summer, but Leicester needed him – then we will see what happens next summer.”

Maddison will hope to help Leicester claim their first league win of the season when they host local rivals Nottingham Forest on the first Monday of October.

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