Newcastle had 'chance' to sign £50m Premier League star at St James' Park

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Newcastle United would have ‘no chance’ of signing Leicester City attacking midfielder James Maddison if he were to sign a new contract at the King Power Stadium, according to Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie.

Eddie Howe bolstered his squad during the summer transfer window, splashing over £120 million on recruits, but failed in his bid to sign a top target.

What is the latest on Maddison?

The Magpies pushed hard to bring the 25-year-old to St James’ Park, seeing multiple bids rejected by the East Midlands outfit, with the biggest offer reaching £50 million.

Maddison ultimately remained with the Foxes beyond the deadline, however, and has made a fast start to the season, scoring three goals in seven Premier League games, despite Brendan Rodgers and co. sitting bottom of the league.

However, Newcastle do not appear to be giving up in their pursuit of the one-cap England international.

According to Football Insider, the North East outfit are plotting a new bid for Maddison once the January transfer window opens.

The report states that Newcastle suspect Leicester’s valuation of their star man will have dropped since the summer, with just over 18 months remaining on his deal.

However, there were reports in the summer that Maddison’s current side had opened talks over a new contract with the 2021 FA Cup winners.

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What has Downie said on the situation?

Downie understands that Newcastle would have no chance of signing Maddison if he were to agree new terms at the King Power.

The Sky Sports reporter told GIVEMESPORT: “If he does go on to sign a new contract at Leicester, you’ve got to say Newcastle have got no chance of getting him. Their only chance really of getting him would have been in that sort of cut-price deal [in the summer], and I’m saying cut-price deal, we’re talking over £40 million. He’s worth £50 million and that’s why I think Newcastle were kind of pleasantly surprised when they learned that they could get him for that money, but they couldn’t get him.”

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Should Newcastle push again for Maddison?

There is no doubt that Howe is lacking some creative magic in the final third of the pitch at present.

In seven Premier League matches this season, Newcastle have scored just seven goals. Their last outing, a 1-1 draw with newly-promoted Bournemouth, saw them create just one big chance.

Last season, Maddison scored 12 goals and provide eight assists in the Premier League, taking his top-flight tally to 38 goals for the Foxes, making it clear he could prove a game-changer for Newcastle.

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