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Newcastle Launch Second Bid For Playmaker – Report

Newcastle have launched a second bid for Leicester City’s James Maddison. The latest offer exceeds £45m which is a marginal improvement over the first bid of around £35-40m.

Here is the latest on the pursuit of Maddison from Luke Edwards with The Telegraph.

Leicester will likely reject this second bid outright. It falls well short of their £60m valuation and doesn’t appear to contain a large down payment. The bid, as Edwards suggests, could be an attempt to turn Maddison’s head.

Newcastle have been encouraged that Maddison is keen on the move. The 25-year-old has just two years left on his contract, so barring a new one, this could be the time for Leicester to get top value.

Maddison has become the primary target ahead of the season opener against Nottingham Forest on Saturday. Though negotiations are underway for Burnley’s Maxwel Cornet, who has a £17.5m release clause.

A loan proposal is also sitting on Thomas Tuchel’s desk for Timo Werner. Though any movement for the German will likely not occur until later in the window as Tuchel continues his recruitment drive.

Newcastle are willing to pay a loan fee as well as a portion of Werner’s wages – believed to be 50% of the £270k/week salary according to The Chronicle. The Magpies face significant competition as his former club RB Leipzig as well as the mighty Juventus are also interested.

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174 comments so far

  • kilcline

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Be a great signing and a statement

  • Adamn_92

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Fingers crossed

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #3


    Well done for spotting that scam attempt.

    The problem with banking nowadays is that it is getting so complex for us oldies, with the shutting of so many local branches we are being forced to do online banking and the number of hoops that people have to jump through just to log can be a nightmare for the older generation.

  • Mund

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #4


    It does make a difference with FFP and that’s the reason the owners are trying to stagger payments for the deals they are trying to make.

  • Mund

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Be a huge statement of intent bringing Maddison in. Would send shock waves through out the league.

  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #6
  • kilcline

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Werner on loan or Cornet
    Exciting youngster near the end of the window

    Would cap another amazing window from the owners.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #8


    Good link, here’s the team copied from that link.

    Newcastle United Under-21s: Max Thompson, Nathan Carlyon, Niall Brookwell, Alex Murphy, Matt Bondswell, Matty Longstaff, Lucas De Bolle, Dylan Stephenson, Josh Scott, Jay Turner-Cooke (Kyle Crossley 80), Santiago Muñoz.

    Subs not used: Jordan Hackett, Will Brown, Jamie Miley, Charlie Wiggett, James Huntley, Cameron Ferguson, Michael Ndiweni.

    Could possibly be a future 1st team?

  • Wor B

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #9


    The new section of guidance for posters has been there for a week or more.

    It appeared lot long after Kets’ reincarnation as Guivarc’h 8, haven’t heard from him since.

    Watch this space for Luque 7


  • Mund

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Incase of an offer that Leicester can’t turn down for James Maddison, Leicester already have Houssem Aouar as their number 1 target to replace him and have already made contact with Aouars representatives. #LeicesterCity #LCFC #Lyon #OL

  • Calbee

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #11

    As much as I love seeing the Brazilian trio in our midfield, if we are to spend 40 to 50 mio+ for a CAM, Maddison seems to be a safer bet than Paqueta. Maddison is a proven PL player with track record of goals and assists on the uptrend. Paqueta, while no doubt possessing excellent skills, goals and assists record, may not adapt to the PL or need a season or two to adapt. His strong relationship with Bruno could be a double edged sword – as if so you or your company wants your best friend as a co-worker?

    Having said that, I will be over the moon if either Maddison or Paqueta join as our new CAM. The only doubt is I am not sure where Anderson could have many opportunity if he stays. Maybe the 5 sub rule is the reason.

    Forward wise, I still prefer Werner as our first choice given his versatility, speed and experience in the PL, solving both the striker and winger issue. If he’s on loan, hopefully we can have another young but upcoming forward sign up for development to succeed Wilson.

    Looking forward to Saturday!!

  • Novocastrian66

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #12

    TDS; you obviously didn’t read my post. I’m not knocking the finish or Toone’s composure. I think the keeper made it easier than it should have been by tearing out and going to ground. Toone did the business, it’s not her problem the German goalie had a bit of a ‘mare.
    It can be compared to Bruno’s finish v Norwich last season and it would be fair to say Krul had a bit of a ‘mare on that occasion also.

  • Toon_Barmy

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #13

    Luke Edwards talking out of the wrong end again I suspect. Jumping on the initial bid story with the obvious increased offer craic

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Wor B – I found some of the alts relatively funny for a while but it got a little silly so I’m all for it. Not a fan of people hiding behind alts to do their dirty work. It’s one thing that we’re mostly anonymous on here but at least most of us stick with a consistent handle.

  • dazzler

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #15


    How can you not think Werner upgrades our starting 11? He is an upgrade on Wilson up front in literally every way. He’s an upgrade on the wing in just about every way. Just because the lad hasn’t scored 30+ goals a season at Chelsea doesn’t stop him being a complete beast of a player.

    He has contributed a goal or an assist for Chelsea every 2 games. This is despite him being in and out of the team for the last 12 months. By the purest of definitions that is a f*cking massive upgrade, we don’t have a single player in our squad capable of those kinds of stats.

    I agree with you that Cornet would be a good squad player and nothing more, but Werner is up there with Maddison for me. If we had both I’d be fully expecting us in Europe at the end of next season.

  • scott

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #16

    Chelsea in advanced talks for Marc Cucurella!
    Willing to meet the asking price!

    I’m massively surprised at this with the fullbacks the already have, like us it’s strikers I thought they would prioritise!

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #17

    Novo – I was responding to the last bit of “Lobbing a keeper who is 5’8” and on their knees isn’t too difficult.” but I see maybe you were contradicting yourself in the post as you also said it was a good finish. The keeper wasn’t flawless but the through ball and movement were excellent and created that uncertainty.

  • Bobbybee

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #18

    Calbee, I’m with you on the Anderson issue. If we’re signing another attack minded midfielder of such quality, where does that leave the lad when it comes to game time? I think he should be let out on loan to a Championship team and be allowed to play games IF we spend big on an already proven PL player.
    Players need to be playing at his stage in order to improve.

  • Wor B

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #19


    Reminder for H2H D3 players, if you don’t register with the code before the start of the season you won’t be able to take part.


    6 still to register, if you see them posting and I’m not around please let them know…

    Albert albert
    Catchy in Norway
    check the toastie
    chancel be a fine thing

  • naptoon

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #20

    Wor b
    I don’t seem to have recieved my code for div 3 h2h m8

  • dazzler

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #21


    A player like Maddison coming in could turn out great for Anderson when you think about it.

    A brilliant player for him to learn from and a bit of a dangling carrot to keep progressing and working hard to try and dethrone him eventually.

  • naptoon

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #22

    It’s ok found it enrolling now

  • Adamn_92

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #23

    On Andersen, I think he’ll still get game time. 5 subs now and no doubt he’ll be coming off the bench regularly. Then he’ll likely start cup games and all the while if we were to sign someone like Maddison, he can then learn from him each week in training and watching games. Not to mention learning from Howe every week and then the likes of Bruno, ASM has praised him in the past I think so will likely try to teach him things and Shelvey too.

    Think it won’t do him any harm to be in and out of the starting 11 this season learning from Howe and the team.

  • Adamn_92

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #24

    Snap Dazzler haha

  • Bambams

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #25


    Does anyone else have any problems accessing the blog, I keep having word fence block me and I am unable to carry out their online requests (huge cut and paste)

    Neil has been helping me all day, I use a VPN just due to my profession (ExpressVPN) which was recommended to me from work – you lot had any issues with this VPN ?

    Asking for a friend 🙂

  • Mund

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #26


    I don’t have any issues like that mate and never have.

  • Bobbybee

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Dazzler, the problem is, when an owner pays big money for a player, he wants to see him improve the team and get picked. From what I’ve seen of Anderson he’s good, but he’s not quite Maddison and I can’t see him replacing him this season. Anderson doesn’t need a season on the bench imo mate, he needs game time. Maybe next season he might be ready for that challenge? He’ll learn more off a good coach than Maddison, who, tbf, should be concentrating in his own game.
    Another good season on loan imo would be the best option, with a good side pushing for promotion. They’re queueing up to sign him after all.
    Again, just opinions. 🙂

  • Ashingtoon62

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #28

    Onmeedsun from previous.

    PIF’s reluctance to loan the club money,is just optics IMO.

    In a couple of seasons when all the kerfuffle has died down,they will be hoying money at it..

    I hope 😀

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Maddison – ladies Maddison on TV Comminwealth Games

  • cleveleysbob

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #30

    No problems here Bambams.

  • cleveleysbob

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #31

    My VPN is provided by my McAfee full protection package.

  • Pottsclock

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #32

    I’m using JibVPN. It’s very moody

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #33

    Yeah, I don’t believe anything I read about staggered payments or essentially anything to do with the money side of it. In most cases, there’s no good reason for this kind of thing to become public knowledge (and would often disrupt a deal if it did) so it’s mostly just journos making crap up. I wish people wouldn’t let them win but people fall for it every day…

  • cleveleysbob

    Aug 1, 2022 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #34

    It even monitors the dark Web to see if my email address circulates around that. Scares the bejesus out of you how often loads of sites have your info. 🙁

  • Bambams

    Aug 1, 2022 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #35

    Cheers chaps

    I will speak with I.T tomorrow and see what the craic is.

  • DKillers

    Aug 1, 2022 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #36

    Maddison is a tremendous player. Who knows whether the numbers being thrown around are accurate, but if the difference between “in excess of £45m” and £60m is the only holdup, just pay the difference. You’re not going to get a player of this quality for a bargain, so if you’re in the market, pay the market price.

    We’d finally start looking like a team that is full of difference-makers. Bruno, Joelinton, Maddison, Botman, Trippier, ASM…6 players that would be at home in any side battling for a top-4 spot.

  • Tinos Vino

    Aug 1, 2022 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #37

    Callbee@11 Madison also weakens a team around us not someone in a different league

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 1, 2022 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #38

    I’ve said all along that FFP is a big issue for us even though some claimed, that it isn’t relevant. The staggered payments are probably hindering our purchases but hopefully we can get this “over the line”. I’d prefer the Paq man, but Maddison wud be a great signing.

  • Mund

    Aug 1, 2022 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #39

    Keith Downie

    Newcastle have gone in with an improved offer for Leicester’s James Maddison, according to colleague
    We’re told their second bid is £50m, including add-ons.
    Newcastle had £40m offer rejected at the weekend, Leicester value Maddison at £60m #NUFC

  • Mund

    Aug 1, 2022 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #40

    Who said FFP wasn’t relevant…?

    More made up BS

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