Newcastle must make £110k-a-week star 'highest paid player' at St James' Park

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe

Newcastle United have not received any encouragement from Leicester City or James Maddison over a transfer this summer, according to journalist Dean Jones.

The Tyneside club reportedly had a bid for the £110,000-a-week attacking midfielder turned down last week and have since returned with a fresh offer, but Jones has told GIVEMESPORT that the player is yet to signal to them that he wants to join.

GiveMeSport Transfer Update With Dean Jones
GiveMeSport Transfer Update With Dean Jones

What is the latest news involving Maddison?

At the end of July, The Telegraph reported that Newcastle had made an unsuccessful £40m bid for Maddison.

It is clear that the Foxes want a much bigger fee, with the MailOnline claiming that their asking price is actually £60m, a figure they are now getting closer to after launching a new £50m bid.

Maddison is one of Leicester’s best players and had an excellent campaign last season, making it no surprise that the Premier League outfit are demanding huge money for him.

In 35 top-flight appearances, he scored 12 goals and provided eight assists to help Brendan Rodgers’ men to an eighth-placed finish.

What has Jones said about Maddison and Newcastle?

Despite putting in another offer, Jones says Maddison is yet to hand Newcastle any encouraging signs and would probably need to be made their highest-paid player in order for a move to happen.

Speaking to GMS, the transfer insider said: “I was told they haven’t received any encouragement from Leicester to do so [continue bidding]. And they also haven’t had any encouragement that the player actually wants to join them.

“Newcastle will have to make Maddison their highest-paid player if there is any chance of this coming off.”

Would Maddison be a good signing for Newcastle?

Absolutely. As his stats from last season show, Maddison is an attacking midfielder who is able to score and create goals.

Over the last year, the former Norwich City man has ranked in the 90th percentile for non-penalty goals and the 88th for assists among attacking midfielders and wingers (via FBref). All in all, he is a quality player.

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“He’s so talented,” Rodgers said at the end of last season when discussing Maddison. “I love watching him play and I really enjoy seeing him in games, taking the ball, and how he can manoeuvre past top players, the threat he has, the confidence he has.”

It is no wonder Newcastle want him; he would quite clearly be a terrific addition to their squad. However, that £60m price tag could be a problem, while it also looks like Eddie Howe has a lot of convincing to do to lure him to St James’ Park this summer.

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