James Maddison: ‘Leicester are not in an ideal world and Newcastle know that’ – journalist Luke Edwards

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After turning down an initial offer of £40million, journalist Luke Edwards expects Newcastle to make a second offer for Leicester City’s James Maddison.

The Magpies have also been linked with winger Harvey Barnes, which Edwards says shows the difficult position the Foxes find themselves in.

He told the Transfer Gossip Daily podcast: “It’s no secret that Newcastle are looking for an attacking player – someone who is going to help them score goals, create goals. Ideally it will be a wide player.

“The Harvey Barnes rumor has been around for a while. The most interesting of the weekend was this offer from James Maddison.

“What that tells us is that Leicester are not in a very good position financially at the moment. They are the only Premier League side that have not signed a player in this transfer window. That makes nervous people. I’m sure the fans are fidgeting and I’m sure Brendan Rodgers is fidgeting.

“Then you get a club like Newcastle who have money, and they try to pressure them to sell one of their valuable assets. I heard comments from Rodgers over the weekend and he certainly hasn’t ruled out selling Maddison, which sounds interesting to me.

“I think Newcastle will be making a second offer, an improved one, and I think they’ve been led to believe Maddison wants to make the move.

“In an ideal world, Leicester wouldn’t want to sell him, they would want him to sign a new contract. But I don’t think they’re in an ideal world right now – and Newcastle know that.”

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