Ben Jacobs of CBS Sports has claimed that Leicester City midfielder James Maddison is vaguely admired by those at Tottenham Hotspur, and predicted he could wait for a big club to move for him in a future window.
Tottenham are allegedly in the market for a creative presence in midfield (Evening Standard), with the departures of players like Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele freeing up space in the squad.
Atalanta’s Ruslan Malinovskyi has been linked with Spurs in recent weeks (Corriere Della Serra), who could be seen as an option to fill the void.
It has been said throughout the summer that Spurs and Conte are admirers of Maddison (Ben Jacobs and Dean Jones via GiveMeSport). Newcastle United have also shown interest in signing the Leicester star, but have seen their two offers rejected by the Foxes (The Guardian).
Maddison still has two years left in his current contract at King Power Stadium, and Brendan Rodger’s team are looking to tie him down to a new deal (Daily Mail).
Jacobs believes that Maddison wants to be regularly involved in European football in the next year or two, and he may wait for a club like Spurs to potentially make a move in a future transfer window.
Jacobs told GIVEMESPORT: “Even though Newcastle is a really exciting project and could escalate very quickly, and they’ve made a relatively positive start to the season with a win and a draw, it’s not European football now.
“I think that Maddison sees himself in the next year or two, playing regular European football. That might be Newcastle, so there’s an element of persuasion there of joining the project from the ground up and helping them get there.
“But there’s a sort of vague admiration from Spurs. They’ve not done anything with it, but I think it’s that type of club if they come in for Maddison in a future window that may make him wait.”
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Antonio Conte’s team have already spent quite a lot in this transfer window, which makes it difficult to see them splashing the cash on someone like Maddison.
Having said that, they are also not in a position to ignore their lack of creativity for another season, as was evident in their match against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
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