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Leicester City reject Newcastle United bid for Tottenham target James Maddison

According to the Telegraph (Subscription Required) [h/t Football.London], Newcastle United have had a £40 million bid rejected for Tottenham Hotspur target James Maddison.

The Leicester City playmaker is a man in demand this summer. Spurs have been linked with a move to sign him, but it seems that the Magpies have taken the first concrete step in that direction.

However, Newcastle’s big-money bid has been turned down by the Foxes. Maddison signed a new four-year contract with Leicester in October 2020.

Spurs’ interest in the 25-year-old seems to raise a question. Where exactly would Antonio Conte fit him in his starting XI?

What should Spurs do?

While he can play as a central midfielder, fans who have seen the Englishman play at Norwich City and Leicester know that he is at his best self when given the freedom to attack.

Conte prefers to start two central midfielders in his current system at Tottenham. While system and tactics are always subject to potential change, Maddison is a signing that Spurs can live without.

Could Spurs sign James Maddison?
Could Spurs sign James Maddison? (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Yves Bissouma and Rodrigo Bentancur have already joined our ranks earlier this year. Moreover, Richarlison being signed in attack gives the Italian manager another attacker that he can play with Harry Kane or just behind him.

With Newcastle now after him, it remains to be seen if that drives up Leicester’s asking price for the 25-year-old. That is, if the club are open to selling him in the first place.

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Brendan Rodgers had a poor season at the King Power Stadium last time around and he would know that in order to challenge the top six teams in England, Leicester must look to retain their best players.

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