Fabrizio Romano, a well-known football transfer expert, has provided an update on Tottenham Hotspur’s interest in Leicester City star James Maddison.
Maddison has been linked with a move away from Leicester since August last year, with both Tottenham and Newcastle United showing strong interest in the midfielder. Newcastle had previously submitted two bids for Maddison, but both were rejected as they fell short of Leicester’s valuation of £60 million.
However, with Maddison’s current contract set to expire in 2024 and Leicester fighting to avoid relegation from the Premier League, the interested parties may have an opportunity to negotiate a better deal this summer.
Romano has confirmed reports that Tottenham are indeed “monitoring” Maddison’s situation. However, he also revealed that Tottenham will hold off on making a bid for Maddison until they decide on their next manager.
In his daily briefing for CaughtOffside, he wrote:
“Tottenham are monitoring James Maddison for sure, also Newcastle have his name on their list since last August as he’s always been appreciated. We have to understand who’s going to be the new Tottenham boss to see if they will bid for Maddison, as at the moment it’s on stand-by.”
Despite Leicester’s disappointing season, Maddison has remained an impressive player, having scored nine goals and provided six assists in the Premier League so far. He has a total of 54 goals and 38 assists in 196 appearances for Leicester in all competitions.
Tottenham have been lacking an attacking midfielder this season, and signing Maddison could address that issue immediately.
Furthermore, Maddison’s partnership with his England teammate Harry Kane was evident during England’s recent game against Ukraine. However, the success of this potential partnership depends on whether Kane decides to stay at Tottenham, as he has been linked with a move away from the club in recent months.