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Tottenham 'have the money’ to sign £60m star at Hotspur Way

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Tottenham Hotspur have ‘got the money’ to sign Leicester City attacking midfielder James Maddison, according to Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge.

Spurs have been linked with a move for the highly-rated 25-year-old throughout the summer, although Bridge did also reveal to GiveMeSport that he doesn’t ‘think he’ll come’ to Hotspur Way.

What is the latest news involving Maddison?

Paul O’Keefe, who is an FA Registered Intermediary, has previously claimed that Tottenham are ‘very seriously considering’ making a move for Maddison before the transfer window closes on September 1.

Fellow Premier League outfit Newcastle United are also known to be eager to prise the England international away from Leicester, though, and have already seen two bids rejected.

Bridge’s employers revealed that the Magpies saw an offer of just over £40 million rebuffed by the Foxes as they value Maddison at close to £60m.

The creative talent still has two years left on his current contract, and Leicester are unlikely to sanction the sale of their prized asset unless their valuation is met in full.

It remains to be seen if Tottenham attempt to test the Midlands outfit’s resolve with a formal approach as Antonio Conte continues to rebuild his first-team squad.

What has Bridge said about Maddison?

Bridge admitted that he has ‘not heard anything’ regarding Tottenham’s interest in Maddison and reckons the capital club’s creativity will come from Conte’s system rather than a number 10.

He told GMS: “Well, they’ve got the money to do it, I just have not heard anything regarding Tottenham and James Maddison.

“And I think there’s a bit of a debate going on with Spurs fans at the moment about Spurs needing some creativity. But Spurs don’t play with a 10, and their creativity will come in different ways in terms of Conte’s system. I don’t think he’ll come.”

Where would Maddison fit in?

Conte’s has almost exclusively lined up in a 3-4-3 formation during his time at Spurs, opting not to field a playmaker in his preferred setup.

But the Italian tactician could already have a plan in place for Maddison’s potential arrival in north London.

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Conte switch to a 3-5-2 setup in the early stages of his title-winning campaign with Inter, allowing Christian Eriksen to dictate proceedings through the middle, and a similar tactic could be deployed should Maddison make the switch.

Maddison, therefore, would provide Tottenham with an alternative way of playing and creating chances, making them more unpredictable in attack.

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