Journalist Ben Jacobs has suggested that Tottenham Hotspur holds an advantage over Newcastle United in the race to sign James Maddison.
Spurs have long been interested in acquiring the services of the English midfielder and recent reports indicate that they are actively pursuing a deal, with an estimated fee of £60 million.
Despite Leicester City’s underwhelming season, Maddison has impressed as an attacking midfielder, contributing nine goals and eight assists in the Premier League.
While his market value could have been higher, the fact that his contract expires next summer may allow Spurs to secure his signature at a relatively low cost.
Newcastle, on the other hand, has been targeting Maddison since last year. The club made two bids for him in the previous summer, the latest of which reached £50 million.
However, both offers were rejected by Leicester City, who remained firm on their asking price of £60 million.
Reports suggest that the Magpies will renew their interest in Maddison during the upcoming transfer window.
Although Newcastle could potentially offer Maddison Champions League football, Ben Jacobs believes that Tottenham still holds an advantage.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Jacobs expressed his belief that Maddison may be swayed by the allure of London, opening the door for Tottenham or another interested party.
Nevertheless, Jacobs acknowledges that Newcastle remains a contender in the race for Maddison’s signature.
“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.”
Maddison’s decision on his next destination will undoubtedly be intriguing. Newcastle, under the ownership of the Saudi PIF fund, has positioned itself as an ambitious project, showcasing significant progress in a short period.
In contrast, the situation at Tottenham is uncertain, with no permanent manager or sporting director appointed, and the future of star striker Harry Kane in doubt.
However, unless Tottenham resolves its internal matters promptly, attracting players of Maddison’s caliber may prove challenging, contrary to Jacobs’ claims.