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Tottenham Hotspur: Club might struggle to afford James Maddison

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Although Tottenham Hotspur are admirers of James Maddison, his price tag may be too high for the club to buy him this summer.

That is according to journalist Pete O’Rourke, who was speaking to This is Futbol about Spurs’ potential transfer plans heading into the final few weeks of the transfer window.

Antonio Conte has already welcomed six new faces to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer, but the club are still being linked with potential moves in the transfer market.

According to Keith Downie of Sky Sports, Newcastle United have had a second bid worth just over £40m turned down for Maddison, which could open the door for Tottenham to make a move, should they choose.

Meanwhile, fellow reporter Dean Jones, told The Done Deal Show that the one-time England midfielder is more convinced by a move to Tottenham or Arsenal this season.

And O’Rourke believes that whilst Spurs do “like” Maddison, they may not be able to afford him this summer, with Leicester reportedly valuing the 25-year-old at a figure of around £60m.

O’Rourke said: “He’s obviously been a target for Tottenham, Maddison.

“They do like him, but again, I think the price tag might just be too prohibitive for Tottenham in this transfer window.

“They’ve already spent big this summer with a number of signings as well.”

TIF Thoughts on O’Rourke’s comments…

We believe that Spurs fans will be disappointed to hear O’Rourke’s take on the situation, but it would be understandable considering the business they have done so far in the transfer window.

Having scored 18 goals and provided 12 assists in 53 appearances for Brendan Rodgers’ side last season, the Coventry-born midfielder might be someone for Spurs to keep tabs on over the coming 12 months.

We believe that Tottenham may still sign Maddison in the future, but a move for the Leicester star this summer now seems unlikely, with Spurs already parting with over £90m since the end of last season.

Therefore, they will have to hope that Maddison is not swayed by a move elsewhere or even talked into staying at Leicester in the long term until they are in a position to put a bid in for the Foxes star.

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