Newcastle prioritize signing James Maddison

New­cas­tle are report­ed­ly mak­ing sign­ing James Mad­di­son a top priority.

Bids of €45m and €51m tried to acquire the play­er last summer.

How­ev­er, Mad­di­son remained at Leices­ter and has scored sev­en goals and four assists this sea­son and has been named to Eng­land’s squad for Gareth South­gate’s World Cup.

But the 26-year-old has­n’t played since Nov. 12 with a knee prob­lem and has turned to pro­fes­sion­als to get him on the field for the strug­gling Foxes.

But accord­ing to trans­fer expert Fab­rizio Romano, Thun is poised to re-sign Mad­di­son this sum­mer when he com­pletes the final 12 months of his con­tract with King Power.

Asked about the rela­tion­ship between New­castle’s Mad­di­son and Sergey Milinkovic-Sav­ic, Romano told wet­tfre­unde: “I think Milinkovic-Sav­ic will stay at Lazio until the end of the season”.

“Lazio want to extend Milinkovic-Sav­ic, so it will be very dif­fi­cult to sign him, but he is a very good play­er. He is very under­rat­ed in my opinion.

“New­castle’s pri­or­i­ty is Leices­ter’s James Maddison.

“They want him very much, but it’s prob­a­bly not pos­si­ble to sign him in January.

“I think they will attack the sit­u­a­tion in Madrid again in the summer.”

South­gate took Madi­son to Qatar with a trio of Nick Pope, Cal­lum Wil­son and Kier­an Trip­pi­er to appease fans and pun­dits across the country.

But since return­ing in 2019, he has­n’t played a minute in just one cap for England.

Bren­dan Rodgers will miss a cre­ative star play­er and the play­mak­er will be des­per­ate to recov­er from his ongo­ing knee injury.

The Fox­es have lost all four Pre­mier League games since the World Cup and are now just two points above the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

In con­trast, New­cas­tle, led by Eddie Howe, are long-dis­tance clubs whose Sau­di own­ers have tak­en the lead to put them on par with Eng­land’s elite clubs.

They are in third place, one point behind Man­ches­ter City, and are well on their way to qual­i­fy­ing for the Cham­pi­ons League.

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