Newcastle fail in second bid for Maddison as Leicester’s valuation revealed

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Newcastle have had a second bid, worth £50million, rejected by Leicester for James Maddison.

The midfielder, who scored 18 goals and provided 12 assists in all competitions last season, has been heavily linked with a move to the mega rich Magpies.

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Leicester are still standing firm in their stance on Maddison

Leicester rejected a £40million offer for the 25-year-old at the weekend and The Guardian reports their new £45m, plus £5m in add-ons offer has also been turned down.

The report adds Leicester would be reluctant to sell unless they receive a bid of around £60m for the player.

Defender Wesley Fofana has been heavily linked with a big-money move to Chelsea, while Harvey Barnes is also understood to be on Newcastle’s radar.

Meanwhile, there’s uncertainty surrounding the future of Arsenal target Youri Tielemans, who’s in the final year of his Foxes contract.

These reports, plus the fact Leicester are yet to make any acquisitions this summer, has led to suggestions Brendan Rodgers’ men will struggle this season – talkSPORT’s Danny Mills suggested they could even get relegated.

But Simon Jordan believes selling a key player like Maddison could prove beneficial for Leicester in their bid to freshen the squad up.


Maddison is fighting for a place in the England squad at the World Cup in Qatar

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Maddison is fighting for a place in the England squad at the World Cup in Qatar

He told talkSPORT: “People have got to meet the right valuations and pay whatever we think of this Narnia Monopoly money world of football players now, it is what it is.

“The valuation that the market places on things is the valuation that the club places on things and Leicester have been adept at it.

“This is not a model they haven’t done before – they sold Harry Maguire, they sold Riyad Mahrez, they sold Danny Drinkwater.

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“They won the Premier League and the first thing they did was sell the holding midfield player [N’Golo Kante], that’s the nature of the beast.”

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