It was the latter who was seemingly a prime target, with the club lodging a bid in excess of £40m, and seeing him thrive with 11 goal involvements season as he heads to the World Cup, it could be argued Maddison could have made a difference to an already impressive Newcastle side.
Now just two points off Manchester City, Thomlinson believes that had Maddison moved to Tyneside, Eddie Howe’s side would have been destined for a spot with Europe’s elite next season.
Will Newcastle regret not signing Maddison?
He said: “If Newcastle had managed to get that deal over the line in the summer, by the way – I think they had a £55m bid rejected – if they had gone back in at £65m and he’d have joined Newcastle, I really think they would be a Champions League side, for sure.”
TIF Thoughts on Newcastle’s interest in Maddison…
The in-form midfielder, who has been hailed as a ‘superstar’, may well now have his pick of clubs if and when he decides to move on, whereas last summer, it was seemingly only the Magpies who were willing to splash the cash on him.
If Newcastle indeed find themselves third or even better come the January transfer window, PIF may well believe that pushing the boat out for someone of Maddison’s quality could be what they need.
Reports have claimed that Newcastle will look at Maddison in January, but whether or not Leicester will entertain any offers halfway through what has been a less-than-enjoyable season for them remains to be seen.