Newcastle United have returned their attention to relegated Leicester City midfielder James Maddison and are prepared to rival Tottenham Hotspur for the midfielder, according to The Athletic.
The Magpies secured a return to the UEFA Champions League for the first time in two decades after an impressive first full season under Saudi ownership. They now intend to strengthen their squad to enable them compete with the best in Europe and domestically.
Maddison was one of the standout performers for Leicester City as they were relegated to the Championship, and Newcastle have revived their interest in the Englishman, having previously attempted to sign him in the summer of 2022.
The former Norwich City man is expected to cost around £50m, and the 26-year-old is highly coveted by new Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou, who wants him in his squad as his first signing.
Newcastle news: Magpies target James Maddison to inject quality into squad
Maddison finished the 2022-23 season with ten goals and nine assists in 30 appearances for the Foxes, a remarkable feat for a player in a relegated side. The England international had an average WhoScored rating of 7.24, better than every Newcastle player bar Kieran Trippier.
Newcastle will be hopeful of tempting the 26-year-old attacking midfielder to join their side with the sway of Champions League football, which Tottenham can not offer him this season. His transfer fee may, however, provide a stumbling block for the Magpies, who have limited funds this summer.
Maddison will elevate the level of Newcastle United if he moves to St. James’ Park this summer, and the Leicester man is expected to make the move.