James Maddison: Newcastle make second transfer bid in region of £50m for Leicester midfielder | Transfer Center News

Newcastle have made a second bid in the region of £50m for Leicester midfielder James Maddison.

The Magpies are awaiting a response to their improved provide for the 25-year-old, after their opening £40m bid was rejected on the weekend.

Leicester are believed to worth Maddison, who joined the Foxes for £24m from Norwich in June 2018, at nearer to £60m.

If Newcastle’s provide was to be accepted, Maddison would develop into the membership’s file signing – eclipsing the £40m they paid Hoffenheim for Joelinton in July 2019.

Maddison scored 18 objectives and offered 12 assists in 53 appearances in all competitions for Leicester final season.

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James Maddison has made 171 appearances in all competitions for Leicester

Eddie Howe stays eager to strengthen his squad regardless of some setbacks in the transfer market this summer time, having been rebuffed in their makes an attempt to signal Everton midfielder Anthony Gordon, whereas French striker Hugo Ekitike opted for a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain as an alternative of Newcastle.

The north east membership have made three summer time signings to date with the arrivals of Aston Villa left-back Matt Targett, Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope and Lille defender Sven Botman.

Rodgers: No approach I wish to promote Maddison

James Maddison returned to action for Leicester against Wolves after requiring medical attention in Thursday's Europa Conference League win over Randers
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Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers doesn’t wish to lose Maddison this summer time

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers desires to maintain Maddison and joked after Sunday’s 1-0 pleasant win over Sevilla that £40m would purchase “three-quarters of his left leg”.

Leicester, who’re the one top-flight facet but to make a signing this summer time, nonetheless have to promote to convey in reinforcements, however Rodgers insisted they won’t be taken benefit of over Maddison or others.

“There is clearly, throughout the membership, a monetary state of affairs which is not excellent in phrases of desirous to do enterprise. It doesn’t suggest we can be exploited and we do not wish to be dropping our greatest gamers,” he mentioned .

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Brendan Rodgers says James Maddison has added a piece ethic and maturity this season which has made him much more spectacular

“You do not wish to lose your finest gamers after which not have the ability to convey anybody in. That would not stack up.

“With James, he’s wanting the very best he has in my time right here. He is a pleasure to work with. I like him as a younger man, seeing him develop from once I first got here in to a 25-year-old father.

“He is actually pivotal to us. There isn’t any approach I’d wish to promote him.”

Rodgers warns Chelsea off Fofana

Wesley Fofana will make his comeback from a long-term injury in Leicester's Europa Conference League tie against Rennes.
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Leicester defender Wesley Fofana is a Chelsea goal this summer time

Rodgers has additionally issued a hands-off warning over Wesley Fofana with Chelsea engaged on a deal for the French defender.

Leicester are reportedly demanding as much as £85m for Fofana, given he has 5 years left on his contract, and Rodgers is adamant the 21-year-old will not be going wherever.

He mentioned: “No, he isn’t for sale. When we checked out him he had made 17 league begins. Everyone had a take a look at him again then however he is come right here, actually flourished and developed, not simply as a participant however as a younger man

“He actually respects the membership, I’ve bought little question that in the longer term he’ll be on that (highest) stage, however he is very snug, he feels good right here.

Wesley Fofana

“He has an excellent relationship along with his teammates which is essential and there is no doubt he’ll grace that stage. But for now he is right here, he is growing and like I mentioned he isn’t for sale.

“He’s perhaps bought a possibility to get himself in the France squad for the World Cup and for that it is about taking part in, so I’m fairly calm about it. I’ve had lengthy chats with him.

“He cannot cease the hypothesis however he is very focused on his work right here and really targeted on his growth.”

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