Newcastle United are reportedly leading the chase to sign Leicester City’s James Maddison ahead of Tottenham Hotspur.
According to Sky Sports, Tottenham and Newcastle United are reportedly embroiled in a battle to sign Leicester City and England star James Maddison, with the Magpies believed to be in pole position for his signature this summer.
The 26-year-old is also entering the final year of his Leicester City contract.
However, in the latest update, Sky Sports has revealed that it is the Magpies who are the front-runners in the race to sign the Leicester playmaker, with the 26-year-old having been on their radar for the past six months.
The Magpies have identified midfield strengthening as a key summer priority to further bolster the team after their qualification to the Champions League.
This comes as a massive setback to Tottenham’s pursuit of the Leicester City star.
However, Spurs chances of signing him look fairly slim, and that is because Newcastle have already put in the groundwork, having had multiple Maddison bids rejected back in January.
While Spurs are not completely out of the picture and could still lure Maddison by offering lucrative wages, which Newcastle are unable to do at this stage of their project, the Magpies have leaped ahead of the North London club and are now the favourites to sign the attacking midfielder.
It is going to be interesting to see whether Newcastle eventually manage to sign Maddison and what impact this move will have on their ongoing pursuit of RB Leipzig’s Dominic Szoboszlai.