Tottenham ‘strong favourites’ to beat Newcastle in James Maddison transfer race

Leicester City news from LeicestershireLive as fresh reports emerge surrounding James Maddison and his expected move away from the club this summer following relegation

Tottenham Hotspur are leading Newcastle United in the transfer race for Leicester City midfielder James Maddison this summer, according to reports in the North East.

Maddison is expected to move on from City in the summer transfer window, with the club having suffered relegation to the Championship and the midfielder having just one year remaining on his contract. He was one of the standout players in the Premier League in the season just gone, with his performances earning him a recall to the England squad.He has started the last two Three Lions’ games, and could be in line for a third start in a row when England host North Macedonia at Old Trafford tonight (Monday). Speaking ahead of the last qualifier, Maddison said that all of his concentration was on performing for the nation.

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While he’s on international duty, more reports surrounding his future have surfaced as Tottenham and Newcastle look to be the two clubs battling to sign him this summer. According to the Northern Echo , Tottenham are ‘strong favourites’ to sign Maddison ahead of Newcastle. The report says that the player is “edging towards” a move to Spurs, due to preferring a move to London ahead of the North East.It is also said that Tottenham would be able to offer a higher wage than Newcastle, who are ‘reluctant’ to break their wage structure this summer. The preference is despite Tottneham not being able to offer European football compared to Newcastle playing in the Champions League next seasonIt is understood that City are looking for a fee of £60million for Maddison this summer. Reports last week claimed that Tottenham had made a bid of £50million for both Maddison and teammate Harvey Barnes, who is also expected to leave. Spurs, though, are denying that there was any bid.

The 26-year-old scored 10 Premier League goals last season and provided a further nine assists. He looks likely to stay in the division for the upcoming season.