Newcastle United have reportedly been told they will have to pay ‘around’ £60m if they want to land Leicester City star James Maddison.
The attacking midfielder is currently on international duty with England and will hope to make his first appearance at the World Cup Finals when Gareth Southgate’s men face France in the quarter-finals on Saturday evening. The former Norwich City star has remained as an unused substitute during the Three Lions’ group games and Sunday’s 4-0 win in a round-of-16 meeting with Senegal.
Maddison will come face-to-face with England team-mates Callum Wilson, Kieran Trippier and Nick Pope when Newcastle return to Premier League action with a visit to Leicester on Boxing Day - and Foxes star has admitted he has enjoyed ‘a bit of banter’ with the United trio in Qatar.
He said: “It’s three on one to be fair of the Newcastle boys, but we’ve been having a bit of banter about the Boxing Day game coming up and stuff and obviously there was a bit of (transfer) speculation last summer. It’s been good fun, banter as you’d expect with the lads. I think the Foxes are coming out on top on Boxing Day, I’ve been saying that all week. It’s obviously three on one, but Newcastle are in good form, to be fair to them.”
Maddison was heavily linked with a move to Tyneside during the summer transfer window, with United believed to have made a number of unsuccessful bids for the 26-year-old. Their interest in pursuing a deal is believed to remain but Football Insider have warned it will take a sizeable offer to persuade the Foxes to part company with their prize asset.
They have reported Leicester have told potential suitors they will only consider bids of ‘around £60m’ and suggest that would rule out a move to St James Park with financial fair play rules handing Eddie Howe a ‘restricted’ January transfer budget. Tottenham Hotspur are also said to be keen on a move for Maddison after he put in an impressive performance against Antonion Conte’s side prior to the break for the World Cup Finals.