Gabby Agbonlahor has urged Tottenham to snap up James Maddison in the summer but insisted that a move to Newcastle United might be the more tempting option for the Leicester City star.
The Telegraph reported last week that Tottenham are now leading the race for Maddison’s signature, with the publication claiming that Leicester are ready to sell the midfielder for £50m.
This claim was also backed up by Football Insider, who suggested that Spurs had leapfrogged both Newcastle and Liverpool in the race for the 26-year-old.
The outlet even added that Tottenham do not want to wait until they appoint a new manager before making a move for the Foxes star as they do not want to waste their lead.
Agbonlahor believes that Maddison would be a transformative signing for Spurs and urged the club not to make the same mistake they suffered in their pursuit of Jack Grealish by trying to lowball Leicester.
The former Villa striker told Football Insider: “I just feel like Spurs shouldn’t make the same mistake they did with Jack Grealish.
“They tried to save money and get his price down, and they missed out.
“Maddison is exactly what they need. They could change the way they play entirely and go to a 4-3-3. It’d be perfect.
“But they’ll have competition. Newcastle will be there with £55 million if Tottenham offer £50 million.
“They might be in the Champions League, and Tottenham look like they won’t be.
“If I’m Maddison I would choose Newcastle – because Tottenham are shaky, and Newcastle are a club on the up.”
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One suspects that Maddison would be waiting to see who finishes in the top four before making a decision on his next destination.
It might also be quite challenging for Spurs to convince the England international to sign for the club before they officially announce a managerial appointment.
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