Tottenham: 'World-class' £60m star 'liked' by Conte at Hotspur Way

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Antonio Conte looking relaxed

Tottenham Hotspur ‘like’ James Maddison and could look to lure the Leicester City star to Hotspur Way next summer, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

Spurs were not afraid to splash the cash during the summer window, with head coach Antonio Conte being handed more than £150million to bolster his squad, but Maddison was not among those to join the north Londoners.

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

What’s the latest news involving Maddison?

It is understood that Spurs considered signing Maddison before the new season got underway last month and he showed the north Londoners’ fans why he had made his way onto Conte’s radar at the weekend.

Although he was unable to stop Leicester falling to a 6-2 defeat at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday, the attacking midfielder found the back of the net with an impressive hooked effort.

Respected Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed Newcastle United lodged two official bids for Maddison during the summer, but they were unable to reach an agreement with his current employers.

Leicester reportedly value the 25-year-old at £60million, while the Magpies’ most lucrative proposal fell £10million short of that figure.

The Midlands outfit are keen to keep Maddison at the King Power Stadium and have opened talks over a new contract after entering the final two years of his £110,000-per-week deal.

What has Dean Jones said about Maddison?

Jones believes Maddison will have a major decision to make over his future when the current campaign reaches its conclusion.

The journalist feels Tottenham could test Leicester’s resolve, having decided against tabling a bid during the summer due to their Premier League rivals’ stance, as he is admired by the capital club.

Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “He’s a great player and he will have a decision to make over his future at the end of this season, I think.

“Tottenham do like him but they were not given any encouragement that he would be available for anyone to buy, so it was felt they had enough to get by for now.”

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Would Maddison be a good signing for Tottenham?

Although he was overlooked for England’s Nations League clashes against Italy and Germany, Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has previously described Maddison as ‘world-class’.

Former Tottenham midfielder Danny Murphy has also showered the Leicester man with praise after claiming he ‘has all of the qualities needed to play Champions League and international football’.

Although Leicester have made a worrying start to the season and sit bottom of the Premier League, Maddison has been in impressive form.

The playmaker has found the back of the net three times and registered an assist in seven appearances so far.

Maddison, a one-cap England international, would be an astute signing by Conte and Spurs managing director Fabio Paratici.

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