Journalist Ben Jacobs has said that rumoured Tottenham target James Maddison might turn down the chance to join Newcastle United in January and could instead decide to wait until next summer for a transfer.

Multiple publications over recent months have stated that Maddison is on Tottenham’s radar. Alasdair Gold revealed on Football.London last month that the North London club hold a ‘long-held interest’ in the Leicester star.

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Football Insider even claimed a couple of months ago that the England international would jump at the chance to join Antonio Conte’s side in January.

However, more recently, Newcastle have emerged as the frontrunners for Maddison’s signature, with The Northern Echo suggesting that the attacking midfielder is at the top of the Magpies’ wanted list.

Journalist Dean Jones GiveMeSport two weeks ago that Eddie Howe’s men are ‘growing in confidence’ that they can get a deal for the Foxes star over the line.

However, Jacobs has now stated that a move for Maddison in January will not be straightforward as the player is more likely to leave in the summer.

He said on the NUFC Matters YouTube channel: “It’s a bit of chicken and egg at the moment. If Newcastle want James Maddison in January, it isn’t a done deal, they will have to pay big, but there is an opportunity. 

“But Maddison will more likely wait until the summer so he knows what he is getting where there may be Spurs interest, there may still be Newcastle interest, other clubs can come in. 

“If Maddison wants to sensibly move away from Leicester, then what is he leaving for? That is a key question. Is he leaving for a club that has Champions League football? Is he leaving for an exciting project regardless of what they have next season in terms of Europe? Is it money?”

Spurs Web Opinion

I believe that if we showed serious interest in Maddison, he would pick us over Newcastle. However, I am not sure that Antonio Conte would be particularly keen on the 26-year-old as the Leicester star does not fit naturally into the Italian’s system.

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