Journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed that an attacking midfielder is the priority for Newcastle United as they remain interested in James Maddison.
Newcastle United have shown heavy interest in James Maddison in this summer transfer window, but they have had two bids rejected from Leicester City for the creative midfielder, with the second bid being in the region of £50m.
The Magpies have made three additions to the squad this summer, two defenders in Sven Botman and Matt Targett on a permanent deal and then Nick Pope as a goalkeeper option for Eddie Howe.
Despite already having two bids rejected from Leicester for James Maddison this summer, Romano spoke to GiveMeSport and claimed that they will try again for the English midfielder and prepare another bid for him in the next few days.
“Everything is so open. They tried for Maddison and it’s one of the priorities they have, the creative midfielder, so there could be an opportunity to try again with another bid in the next days,” Romano said.
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TIF Thoughts on Romano’s comments…
Newcastle have signed three defensive players so far this summer, so it is no surprise that they are making a creative midfielder a priority, but after having a second bid of £50m rejected for Maddison, it will be interesting to see if they up their bid even further and continue to attempt to bring him to St James’ Park.
With the Saudi ownership now at Newcastle, it might have come as a surprise that they have made just three additions to the squad, but after an impressive January transfer window, Howe’s side climbed out of the bottom three to 11th so he might be thinking that they do not need a haul of new players at the moment.
Maddison was impressive last term for the Foxes, he contributed with 20 goals in 35 Premier League games, which was double what the highest at Newcastle achieved, Allan Saint-Maximin, so it would be no surprise if they broke the bank in order to get him in the door.