Tottenham Hotspur will not find money an issue if they decide to pursue James Maddison – but they are unlikely to sign him this summer.
That is according to Michael Bridge of Sky Sports, who was speaking to GiveMeSport about the latest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as we head into the final few weeks of the transfer window.
Registered FA Intermediary Paul O’Keefe claimed back in July that Antonio Conte’s side were ‘very seriously considering’ a move for Maddison, who has been described as “one of the Premier League’s chief creators” by Leicester City reporter Rob Tanner.
However, the most serious interest in the 25-year-old midfielder seems to be coming from Newcastle United, who have had two bids for the former Norwich City man rejected – the latter of which was over £40m according to Sky Sports, with the Foxes looking for a figure closer to £60m.
Meanwhile, Bridge revealed that he hasn’t heard anything regarding Spurs making a move for Maddison this summer and doesn’t think the move will happen.
He said: “Well, they’ve got the money to do it, I just have not heard anything regarding Tottenham and James Maddison.
“And I think there’s a bit of a debate going on with Spurs fans at the moment about Spurs needing some creativity.
“But Spurs don’t play with a 10, and their creativity will come in different ways in terms of Conte’s system.
“I don’t think he’ll come.”
TIF Thoughts on Bridge’s comments…
We believe that Tottenham fans will be disappointed to hear that Bridge believes Maddison won’t be joining Conte’s team this season, though it has always seemed that Newcastle’s interest was more serious.
The one-time England international’s performances in the Premier League last season earned him an average SofaScore match rating of 7.32 for the campaign, ranking him as the highest-rated player for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Therefore, we believe that it’s disappointing for Spurs fans if it is unlikely Maddison will be plying his trade at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this season, but we feel the club’s recruitment so far this summer is likely to console fans of the north London club.