There has been a lot of speculation around the future of Maddison who is certainly a big target for Newcastle, with the Magpies having already seen two bids turned down, while a third bid is also potentially on the cards.
It’s quite a bizarre target for Newcastle to go for considering that their midfield is already very well-stocked, with the likes of Joelinton, Bruno Guimaraes and Joe Willock all featuring last weekend, whereas the options on the right-hand side and up front are arguably not of great quality besides Callum Wilson.
Despite talk of a potential third bid for Maddison, Waugh has dropped a worrying update on Newcastle’s pursuit.
“James Maddison they made two bids for, Leicester aren’t entertaining that.
“Leicester end, my understanding is they’re adamant that he’s not leaving. I don’t think Newcastle can match the terms that it would take to bring him, so I think that one’s unlikely.”
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After Jonjo Shelvey’s recent injury ‘blow‘, it now looks as though the Tyneside club have suffered another one, this time on the transfer front.
It would have been a major coup for Newcastle to land someone of Maddison’s pedigree and ability in the Premier League, as his tally of 20 league goal involvements speaks for itself, especially when compared to what Newcastle players managed last term.
However, with Newcastle in desperate need of reinforcements out wide, their right-wingers combined for just four league goals last season, and with Chris Wood being the only deputy to Wilson up front – managing just two league strikes for the Magpies – it’s no surprise that they aren’t willing to pay Leicester’s £60m asking price over other priorities.
Instead, it appears that the Magpies may well be looking to Ligue 1 for some reinforcements, with a report from 90min claiming that they are eyeing up a double swoop for Lucas Paqueta and Bamba Dieng, which would offer Eddie Howe much more goal threat going forward based on their respective strike tallies from last season.