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Insider reveals the real reason why Spurs didn’t make an offer for James Maddison despite interest

By Mehdi Gokal -

Tottenham had an interest in James Maddison during the summer, according to transfer insider Dean Jones, but the North London club were not encouraged to bid for the midfielder by Leicester.

Spurs were said to be looking for a creative playmaker all transfer window with the likes of Zaniolo, Maddison, Barella, and Ruslan Malinovskyi all linked but Antonio Conte’s side failed to sign an attacking midfielder before the transfer deadline, with Maddison remaining at the King Power Stadium.

Maddison has two years remaining on his contract with the Foxes, and considering the horrible start to the season for Brendan Rodgers’ men, Jones believes the Englishman will make a decision about his future at the end of this season.

He also revealed the actual reason why Spurs did not make an offer for him in the summer. He told GiveMeSport:

“He’s a great player and he will have a decision to make over his future at the end of this season, I think.

“Tottenham do like him but they were not given any encouragement that he would be available for anyone to buy, so it was felt they had enough to get by for now.”

Perhaps had Spurs tried their luck, a cheeky bid for him in the summer would have unsettled him for sure which could have prompted him to push for a move considering there were reports suggesting he was looking forward to a move to either Spurs or Arsenal.

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Snow Patrol
Snow Patrol
2 months ago

Since when did Dean Jones become an insider?
Such nonsense …

at large
at large
2 months ago

Maddison doesn’t appear to be a Conte type player and not sure how he fits in his system, so this is all just water under the dam.

Let’s be realistic. We can ruminate forever about the “almost was”s and “shoulda beens” but facts remain that the teams that spend the most football win trophies. Every year, with once in a lifetime exceptions like Leicester, and last time I checked I’m still alive.

So until ENIC starts spending with the big boys and make football a priority over property management, we’ll finish 3rd occasionally, 4th sometimes, 5th and 6th most likely and sometimes worse when we sell our best players to legitimate big spending clubs.

I don’t like it. Lewis is allegedly the wealthiest owner in the prem, but chooses not to spend his ahem hard earned money made from picking off people in FX markets. Until ENIC sell it will always be the same. Our most important assets to them are real estate related – the stadium and the lodge – and always will be.

So as long as we’re not winning anything, at least we should have some joy of watching entertaining attacking football for 2 hours every few days instead of whatever this brand of football Conte deploys out there every week.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
2 months ago

Only the Toon really wanted Maddison. They made genuine bids.

Tippyid
Tippyid
2 months ago

Nothing to do with this article but the biggest bullshit wrote on internet are these words..Reliable journalist Alastair Gold..

Archibald&Crooks (SC)
Archibald&Crooks (SC)
2 months ago

It is iteresting as an aside that there is now a growing list of clubs that are difficult to deal with. That m/f wizard at Lazio we were linked with got a response of something like “if you think Daniel Levy is difficult…………..”. Then there is a French team or two been mentioned and now I heard somebody say the same about Leicester.
It seems the days of seeing a player and making a low bid are behind us.
Talking of which how the hell did Citeh get Hahaland so cheaply?

Marbella Spur
Marbella Spur
2 months ago

There are few clubs that like dealing with Spurs due to Levy’s low balling and moving the goal posts tactics over a number of years. Here a few quotes to substantiate these stories.

Ferguson then described the negotiations to sign Dimitar Berbatov for £30.75million two years later as “more painful than [his] hip replacement!”

The chairman of Lyon’s comments on dealing with Levy over the Lloris transfer.

In a report by The Telegraph, Aulas spoke of his struggles in dealing with Daniel Levy over the years:
“We had people speaking all night with Daniel Levy. He talks a lot and goes back on what we’ve agreed in writing. Agreements have not at all been respected,” Aulas said.

Guardiola on trying to negotiate with Spurs to recruit Kane last summer.

“We tried to open the door to negotiate, but the big master of negotiations Daniel Levy knows everything, we couldn’t do it.”
I’m sure that many fans will retort that you want a man like Levy negotiating on your behalf but at what stage does it become counterproductive? How many good players have we missed out on over the years because of Levy’s tactics. The big clubs get their transfers done quickly and efficiently. We do not and that’s a fact.
On the subject of Haaland, City met his release clause of €60 million which I’m sure other clubs would have wanted to do or might have done but he wanted to play for his father’s old club and his wages of £350,000 per week probably helped make up his mind. Who knows how much was paid by City to his agent/advisors or even his father?

Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
2 months ago

Buy out clause..

judge
judge
2 months ago

There is not much doubt that apart from that brilliant 20m from Sonny , Maddison was the most influential player on the park . This was in the time that Leicester we’re given easy possession [ first hour ?] and therein played no further part , not his fault obviously .
My doubts are when the game goes into overdrive , Maddison appears to shrink from sight , I would think his ‘pace’ is definitely an Achilles , much better in a more sedate pace,
strangely could be very effective at International level .

Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
2 months ago
Reply to  judge

12 goals 8 assists in 35 games last season ..he has 3 goals in 6 games this season so far ..I doubt all these occurred with him shrinking in games.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
2 months ago
Reply to  Billy Tonsils

He shrinks alright. The very definition of hot and cold… Nice goal against us, but he did nothing else. He goes missing when the heat turns up.. The English Tintin.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
2 months ago

Even his goal against us came off his shin..

Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
2 months ago

Think he is decent,.how is Zaniolo getting on ..still out ..2 fakt knees and now a dodgy shoulder ..better get Steve Austin ..

Last edited 2 months ago by Billy Tonsils
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
2 months ago
Reply to  Billy Tonsils

No Zaniolo has been playing.. He’s got something about him, though he’s far from the finished product. More room for improvement than Maddison who has hit his ceiling. Different players and different positions anyway.. I don’t like Zaniolo because of his cheating. Dives to the floor dragging players by holding on to their shirts or arms, then jumps up and tries to claim his innocence.. Some claim this is the dark arts, but this is nonsense. You don’t win games by cheating.. VAR and cameras are now used, so players are more likely to pick up yellows or even a red for cheating.

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