CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs has said that Tottenham may hold an advantage over Newcastle in the race for James Maddison’s signature as the Leicester star might have already had his head turned by the prospect of moving to London.
With James Maddison having little over one year left in his contract with Leicester, the midfielder is expected to leave the King Power Stadium this summer irrespective of whether the Foxes stay up (Football Transfers).
Football Insider reported two weeks ago that Spurs remain determined to sign the England international this summer and are set to make a ‘huge push’ to do so.
The report alleged that the North London club were ready to pay the £60m that it would take to snap up the 26-year-old.
However, it was explained that Newcastle also remain keen on Maddison, with Eddie Howe said to have asked the Magpies hierarchy to prioritise a deal for the Leicester man.
Newcastle may have a big advantage over Spurs in the race for the former Norwich City star as they look on course to qualifying for the Champions League while Tottenham are up against it to even get into the Europa League.
However, Jacobs believes that the lure of London could prove significant in the race.
When asked about the latest state of play in the race for the Foxes star, the journalist told GiveMeSport: “Tottenham have always had a long-standing interest.
“We now have to understand who their new sporting director and manager are, but they’re ones to watch over the summer.
“And I think that the concern for Newcastle may just be that Maddison may have his head turned by London and that might give Tottenham or another suitor an opportunity and advantage, but Newcastle will be there, for sure.”
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Even though we would not be able to offer Maddison Champions League football, there is no doubt that we can convince the midfielder to make a move as long as we present him with an ambitious project.
However, the longer we wait to sort out our sporting director and managerial situation, the worse our chances as the 26-year-old would not want to join the club without some clarity regarding which coach he will be playing under.
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