·24 September 2022
·24 September 2022
Tottenham Hotspur are ‘long-term admirers’ of James Maddison and he will have caught Antonio Conte’s eye during the north Londoners’ clash with Leicester City last weekend, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.
Although Spurs spent more than £150million on securing reinforcements during the summer, head coach Conte will be given the opportunity to strengthen his squad with further fresh faces when the transfer window reopens in January.
Maddison will not be adding to his one England cap during the current international break, having been overlooked by Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate, but he has enjoyed a productive start to the season.
The 25-year-old has found the back of the net three times and registered an assist in seven appearances so far.
It is understood that the capital club considered signing the playmaker before the new season got underway last month, but a move failed to come to fruition.
Newcastle United are also admirers of Maddison and respected Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed the Magpies had two big-money bids pushed back during the transfer window.
O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “Despite Leicester’s problems this season, I think Maddison’s probably been their standout performer so far.
“He got a good goal against Tottenham and probably looked their liveliest player in that defeat as well.
“Tottenham are long-term admirers of Maddison and they have liked him for a while now.”
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Although Maddison has entered the final two years of his £110,000-per-week contract and Leicester are struggling at the wrong end of the table, Tottenham managing director Fabio Paratici will have his work cut out when it comes to negotiating a deal.
That is because the Foxes are desperate to keep their talisman on board and, in a bid to fend off suitors, they have opened talks over fresh terms.
Leicester valued Maddison at £60million during the transfer window, but there is every chance that their asking price will have risen thanks to his impressive start to the season.
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