Journalist Dean Jones reveals he has heard nothing to suggest James Maddison wants to join Newcastle United, and the playmaker would prefer a transfer to either Tottenham or Arsenal this summer.
After a relatively quiet 2020/21 season by his standards, Maddison enjoyed the most prolific campaign of his Leicester career last time out, ending the season with 30-goal contributions across all competitions (Transfermarkt).
With the 25-year-old having just two years left to run on his contract at the King Power Stadium, he is unsurprisingly said to be on the radars of several clubs, including Spurs (GiveMeSport).
Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth revealed last week that Leicester turned down an offer of £40m from Newcastle United for Maddison.
The Daily Telegraph’s Luke Edwards subsequently revealed on Monday that the Magpies had made a second offer for the England international, which was in excess of £45m.
Edwards asserted that Eddie Howe’s men had been led to believe the Leicester star would be in favour of a move to St James’ Park.
However, Jones has now contradicted that claim, suggesting instead that Maddison is eyeing a move to one of the two North London clubs this summer.
He told The Football Terrace: “They (Newcastle) have not been encouraged to go and bid again for James Maddison.
“And I don’t get any signs so far that James Maddison actually wants to join Newcastle. From what I hear, James Maddison wants to join Tottenham or Arsenal.”
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There is no doubt that Maddison would pick Spurs over Newcastle if we do express an interest in him, given that we have Champions League football to offer.
However, it is unclear if we actually hold a concrete interest in the Leicester star. As things stand, it appears as if Nicolo Zaniolo is the luxury attacking signing that Conte wants brought in.
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