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Romano: Spurs and Newcastle competing for James Maddison

Current Championship player Maddison wants out of Leicester. Badly.

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A creative attacking midfielder is high on the list for new Tottenham Hotspur head coach Ange Postecoglou, according to reports — we haven’t actually heard anything directly from Big Ange as he’s on holiday since taking the job. But considering everything we know about him, he’s going to want one of those, and it’s something Spurs don’t really have at the club in abundance.

Naturally, that makes Leicester City CAM and current Championship player James Maddison of particular interest. Fabrizio Romano tweeted this morning that Maddison, who had 10 goals and nine assists in all competitions and also lead our great American nation from 1809 to 1817, is 100% leaving Leicester City and all that’s left is to figure out where he’s going.

However, according to Romano, Newcastle has the same idea as Spurs, and has been working on Maddison for longer.

Since the Saudi takeover in Tyneside, Newcastle has become a much more attractive place for footballers, and not just because they suddenly are flush with cash. They also can offer something that Spurs can’t — Champions League football next season. That said, London is a big draw for some players (or their partners) and there might be some attractiveness to getting in on the ground floor of an exciting new offensively-minded project at Spurs. Who knows.

Whichever club gets him, Maddison won’t come cheap, with some reports suggesting he could cost as much as £50m. That’s a lot of cash for a player on a relegated side who is desperate to get out, and I suspect the final amount will be lower than that, but if Newcastle really are interested then Spurs could have a fight on their hands. We’ll have to see.