Tottenham and Newcastle battling to sign James Maddison from Leicester

Tottenham are battling with Newcastle to sign James Maddison after Leicester’s relegation from the Premier League. Negotiations are due to take place soon for the 26-year-old, who is part of the England squad that meets on Monday for Euro 2024 qualifiers against Malta and North Macedonia.

Tottenham’s new manager, Ange Postecoglou, is keen to bring in Maddison as part of his rebuild of a squad that finished eighth this season. Newcastle have been working since last summer on a deal for Maddison and can offer the attacking midfielder a first chance to play in the Champions League.

Leicester accept that Maddison can leave for the right offer. He has one year on his contract and wants to continue in the top division after getting his Premier League debut with Leicester in 2018. He had previously played in the Football League for Coventry and Norwich and in the Scottish Premiership on loan at Aberdeen.

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Maddison contributed 10 goals and nine assists in the Premier League this season in a struggling Leicester team from 30 appearances. No one at the club provided more assists and only Harvey Barnes, with 13, scored more goals.