Tottenham ‘closing in’ on James Maddison transfer but asking price causing problems

Tottenham’s new boss Ange Postecoglou appears to be closing in on his first summer signing in the form of Leicester star James Maddison but there is still work to do to seal a move

Tottenham are closing in on a deal for Leicester midfielder James Maddison as his King Power exit draws near.

The England playmaker is expected to leave the East Midlands this summer following the Foxes’ final day relegation to the Championship. Newcastle immediately emerged as contenders to sign him, whilst Spurs were credited with an interest.

Both clubs appear to have edged ahead throughout the course of the summer transfer window. Tottenham initially looked to have moved ahead as favourites, with Newcastle set to spend big on AC Milan star Sandro Tonali. However, recent reports suggested that a bid could still potentially be forthcoming from St James’ Park.

Spurs now appear to have put themselves in the driving seat. According to The Athletic, the North London side are ‘closing in’ on a move for the Leicester man. Personal terms with the midfielder are not thought to be an issue but one problem could be an agreement with Leicester.

The recently-relegated side are holding out for £60m for the midfielder’s signature, whilst Spurs’ bid for Maddison is only expected to be around £40m. They will continue talks with Leicester after seeing their opening offer turned down.

Recent reports suggested that Daniel Levy had attempted to sign Maddison and his Foxes teammate Harvey Barnes for a combined fee of around £50m. The pair were the standouts of Leicester’s season last term despite their demotion to the second-tier.Should Tottenham pay £60m for James Maddison? Share your thoughts in the comments below

Maddison scored ten times and provided nine assists in the Premier League, whilst Barnes was the club’s top goalscorer having found the net on 13 occasions. The former is out of contract in 12 months time, whilst the winger has two years remaining on his Leicester deal.