Newcastle will continue negotiations with Leicester City over top target James Maddison in the coming days, according to Craig Hope with The Mail.
The Magpies hope a compromise can be found but will not approach Leicester’s reported asking price of £60m.
Most outlets have reported that a bid of £40m was rejected over the weekend. Though Hope states the offer was a structured one of £35m, which came nowhere near Leicester’s valuation.
Maddison was involved in Leicester’s 1-0 win over Sevilla yesterday. He provided the assist on Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall’s match-winner. After the match, Brendan Rodgers responded to questions on his attacking midfielder’s future by saying:
“He’s still very much a player here. Naturally, the players are sought after because they are talents.
“You see his performance, you see how happy he is and he’s not a player we want to sell. It’s not for me to put valuations on the players, it’s not my side, but that might just cover three-quarters of his left leg, that price. He’s a top player.”
Leicester are the only top-flight club with no new recruits this summer. They are also a prime hunting ground right now with Maddison, Youri Tielemans, Wesley Fofana, and Harvey Barnes linked with moves elsewhere. Newcastle have reportedly enquired about Tielemans and Barnes.
Negotiations are expected to proceed in the coming days with some reports claiming Maddison is interested in the move. Newcastle are going to have to significantly improve their offer for Leicester to be tempted.
81 comments so far
Aug 1, 2022 at 1:10 PMComment #1
Go on Danny Boy
Aug 1, 2022 at 1:14 PMComment #2
Aug 1, 2022 at 1:19 PMComment #3
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. 🙁
Still to register…
Catchy in Norway
check the toastie
Magnificent Mr TEA
chancel be a fine thing
Aug 1, 2022 at 1:22 PMComment #4
Haha, that found its way to Pittsburgh pretty damned quick!
Cheers ESPO United
Aug 1, 2022 at 1:25 PMComment #5
Watching the celebrations in Trafalgar Square for England’s Euro win has been truly heartwarming. The team have shown a determination to not buckle when things were not going well. They regrouped and found a way to win. 56 years ago I watched another England team keep going and as then I cried tears of joy for the team.
I’ve read a lot of bull from fellow bloggers on here, decrying women’s football. Quite frankly, these so called football fans would have been those supporting the FA’S decision to ban women’s football all those decades ago!
Just celebrate the wondrous achievement!
Aug 1, 2022 at 1:25 PMComment #6
Leicester had an amazing season and have had some excellent players over the last few seasons but it’s a big ask for that to be sustainable without serious investment and en extremely well executed plan. You know…the sort that we’re all hoping will happen at our club!
Leicester have to be realistic, they need an amazing season to get into Europe as there are 6 clubs clearly better than them and several others on a par. We could soon be on a par with them and in another season or two would expect to be ahead of them, making European football even harder to achieve.
Therefore, the plans for Leicester must be based on finishing in the PL every season with an occasional European challenge or long cup run.
Aug 1, 2022 at 1:26 PMComment #7
snowdone – agreed!
And that first goal that England scored…class! If anyone hasn’t seen it, watch it!
The Last Jedi
Aug 1, 2022 at 1:36 PMComment #8
That 1st England goal is all that German keepers fault these women goalies are a comedy act. She came too far out didnt even give her defender any chance to defend. Good finish and thinking from the England player though
The Last Jedi
Aug 1, 2022 at 1:37 PMComment #9
Ash those are the players valuation and they are on the market
Aug 1, 2022 at 1:38 PMComment #10
Afternoon lads and lasses, how are we all?
Haven’t had a chance to catch up on all the previous comments so I’m not sure what the sentiment is regarding our transfer dealings, but it is increasingly unlikely that we will bring in the added firepower that we had hoped, which is a real shame. Long-term, not having our trousers pulled down over transfers will stand us in good stead, though I think that may mean we have to temper our expectations going into the season ahead.
That being said, I do think we will sign at least two new players – as mentioned, one on loan and a permanent signing, and if I were a betting man, I’d say it’ll end up being Werner on loan and Maxwell Cornet.
Neither of those two signings inspire much confidence if I’m honest, nor do I think either player represents anything in the way of an upgrade on what we currently have. Both would add depth to the squad and back up should we suffer injuries which is great, and perhaps Howe can transform Werner and Cornet might stay fit, who knows? Though I think hopes of signing Paqueta or Maddison (or indeed any players c.£50m) are going to be wide of the mark.
A solid top 10 league finish and a canny cup run beckons, and you know what? That’ll do for me.
Aug 1, 2022 at 1:42 PMComment #11
Still 4 weeks of the window still to go!
So who knows 🙂
Aug 1, 2022 at 1:45 PMComment #12
Ruddy – if you think that signing Cornet and Werner doesn’t count as bringing in the firepower that most of us hoped, I think you’re wide of the mark yourself.
Sure, some of the more vocal and extreme fans have been setting expectations like we’d sign Diaby and Nunez but I’d say the majority would be very happy with Cornet and Werner. They would both improve the squad.
Aug 1, 2022 at 1:45 PMComment #13
Absolutely, and it is likely that we will continue to do some canny business but I don’t think it’ll be transformational signings up front but rather squad depth signings. It’s clear that we’ve found this transfer window to be a rather tricky one to navigate but it is a good sign that we’ve chosen not to be bullied on price even if that means we miss out on some key targets.
I bet Eddie Howe is a very frustrated man though. He seems like a pragmatic sort of guy and will be used to trying to form the very best with what he has at his disposal during his time at Bournemouth so I have no doubt he will crack on with things.
Aug 1, 2022 at 1:48 PMComment #14
The last Jedi! You’ve given our player a bit of credit! Wonders will never cease!!! Has a male player never made an error? Pope didn’t exactly cover himself in glory against Benfica, did he? Just enjoy the victory.
None of us are claiming women’s football is on a par with the men. It is above the men when you look at the behaviour of the crowds who came to watch.
Aug 1, 2022 at 1:49 PMComment #15
The kid would be an incredible signing
Aug 1, 2022 at 1:49 PMComment #16
I don’t deny that Cornet and Werner improve the squad but not necessarily the starting XI. I know Werner would be signed with the view to starting but I wouldn’t start him up front instead of Wilson, nor would I play him ahead of Miggy at RW owing to Miggy’s tremendous pre-season form.
Cornet doesn’t start ahead of Maxi at LW either, so while both players improve the squad, neither would get into my starting line up. The difference being that when we need to rotate or need to spring off someone from the bench to change the game, they add quality from the bench.
Compare that to Maddison or Paqueta all of whom would be practically guaranteed to start and would immediately improve the quality of our starting XI, that can’t be said of Cornet or Werner I’m afraid.
Aug 1, 2022 at 1:57 PMComment #17
Ruddy – I don’t believe that it was ever a serious desire to replace ASM in the starting 11. And if we’d signed Ekitike, then I would imagine Wilson would still be first choice. I think we’d be very hard pressed to find someone better than Wilson so I always felt that we just needed competition in that area and someone to play when Wilson is unavailable.
Werner can also play all across the front so would add a lot of options there. Almiron might have had a good pre-season but who knows if Howe sees that as a flash in the pan or he’s made a fundamental change to his game that would allow for consistent performances.
Signing players of that calibre to compete for a starting spot and replace the likes of Gayle and Murphy in the squad seems like a big step up to me.
The Last Jedi
Aug 1, 2022 at 2:05 PMComment #18
Snowdone I’m talking about womens goalies not the overall game. I don’t care about the womens game but whoever wins good for them. But the goalies are comedy gold
Aug 1, 2022 at 2:08 PMComment #19
Goalkeepers are taught to come forwards and close down the angle aren’t they? The German keeper seemed to be trying to do that but the finish was perfect. Not easy to execute that lob at all! And then the through ball was exquisite. It’s strange to me that anyone is knocking that goal, I think it was a beauty.
Just Googled it and found it on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMsZjjS_myY&ab_channel=OptusSport
The Last Jedi
Aug 1, 2022 at 2:11 PMComment #20
We should buy 3/4 of Maddisons leg and stick it on Murphy
The Last Jedi
Aug 1, 2022 at 2:13 PMComment #21
If they come too far out they get chipped or rounded. Keepers fault all day long. Let the defender deal with it who actually caught up with Toone
Aug 1, 2022 at 2:14 PMComment #22
Aug 1, 2022 at 2:30 PMComment #23
Did anyone watch the Mackems first game back in the Championship against Coventry? The Coventry keeper had an absolute mare for their opener, came out to meet a corner and completely fluffed his lines leaving an easy header for Sunderland to go one nil ahead.
But yeah, it’s women’s goalkeeping that’s the issue. Sexist a***hole.
Aug 1, 2022 at 2:31 PMComment #24
Roll on Saturday…
Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog
Aug 1, 2022 at 2:35 PMComment #25
I don’t think the England goalkeeper made a mistake in the tournament.You could call her an all right Earp 🙂
Aug 1, 2022 at 2:36 PMComment #26
Would those signings be a step up from relying on the likes of Murphy, Ritchie and Gayle? Yes. But then again that’s a low bar to be starting from.
Do these signings transfer the quality of our squad and add the 20+ goals we need to make up next season to be in with a realistic chance of cracking the top 8 and push for Europe? It remains to be seen, but I doubt it.
Werner can play all across the front 3 – fabulous. What does he actually do when he plays though. He’s a busy fool who’s output is pretty atrocious considering he earns almost £300k a week. Could Howe do a number on him and get him to rediscover his Leibzig form? Probably, and if he could then we’d have a proper player on our hands. Sadly, I’ve seen enough of him in the Premier League to suggest the guy couldn’t hit a barn door with a banjo, so relying on him for goals would be a fool’s errand.
Even with Werner in our squad, I’d go with Miggy from the start for the pure and simple fact that he’s earned it. 6 goals and 2 assists across pre-season cannot be sniffed at and he should be allowed to carry that into the new season. That doesn’t mean we don’t continue to look to bolster the squad, but if we’re out there looking for loan signings to reinforce the squad, surely there are better options than Timo Werner.
Aug 1, 2022 at 2:37 PMComment #27
Shocking this like…
I want to warn about a very believable WhatsApp scam which my mum was the victim of at the wknd. Someone pretended to be me on a different number. “I” asked her to pay a bill for me, ironically on the day I was collecting a new phone so it all made sense to her. Mum in green
Aug 1, 2022 at 2:39 PMComment #28
TDS; I’m not knocking the goal it was a good finish and a cracking ball over the top.
The composure from Toone was superb. She took advantage of poor defending and poor goalkeeping.
Lobbing a keeper who is 5’8” and on their knees isn’t too difficult.
Aug 1, 2022 at 2:44 PMComment #29
Ruddy – we don’t need to sign players capable of scoring an extra 20+ goals to get top 8. Our form once Howe took over and then signed a bunch of players in January was far better than our form in the first half of the season so we have to assume that we’re already set to get more points and more goals than last season.
We’re going to have to agree to disagree I think. I’m actually not really bothered who comes in as I know it will be a team decision to pick the player and I know the new owners have high ambitions. So if Howe and the rest of the recruitment team want Cornet and Werner, I’ll be very happy if they come in. Just the same as if we signed Ekitike or this Sesko guy, who I’d never heard of until a few weeks ago.
We used to be shopping at Asda and sometimes Iceland, now we’re shopping at Waitrose. Sure, some other clubs are shopping at Fortnum & Mason, but we’ll get there.
Aug 1, 2022 at 2:46 PMComment #30
Really tough deal to complete but we are still in the mix so fingers crossed…
Newcastle will continue talks with Leicester this week in hope of reaching a compromise on price for James Maddison. £35m structured offer was rejected last week. They will not go to mooted £60m asking price, but they have not given up on deal #nufc #lfc
Aug 1, 2022 at 2:46 PMComment #31
I’d agree, Werner would improve us immediately. Cornet would help too. I’m still trying to work out why we are getting a nosebleed spending biy money.
Aug 1, 2022 at 2:47 PMComment #32
Novo – really? Euro final at Wembley with 70,000+ people, running onto a through ball, defender on your heels, international quality goalkeeper coming towards you and tens of millions of people watching on TV. You still think that finish wasn’t too difficult? If that was a through ball from Bruno for Wilson, we’d all be saying it was class, regardless of what the keeper did.
Aug 1, 2022 at 2:49 PMComment #33
Munster – I’d say it’s because most players in the £40m or £50m bracket are likely to join CL clubs rather than us. Trying to find a player available who also wants to join us will be tricky. They need to find the right mentality of player at the same time as their club actually being willing to sell.
Look at what Man City did when they were taken over.
Toon fans bad
Aug 1, 2022 at 3:04 PMComment #34
What I did notice when watching the women’s final last night was the rolling about when tackled and swearing going on! I think that’s where the similarities with the men’s game end.
I saw it for what it was, a great event and atmosphere at the national stadium. The England women’s team spirit and togetherness was a joy to watch. The manager instilling confidence in them to go toe to toe with the Jarmins who have an amazing record at major finals.
I think investors and sponsors will want to be associated with the women’s game after the show put on last night.
Aug 1, 2022 at 3:04 PMComment #35
Over the course of the season (of which Howe was manager for 2/3 of) we were 18th in terms of possession. In the 19 games from January to the end of the season our expected points total was 27 but we got 38 which suggests that we rode our luck in a number of games. Yes, Howe has the team for a full pre-season and has signed players more capable of implementing his ideas. I fully expect us to be much more comfortable on the ball but from what I can gather we haven’t progressed our attacking threat to be capable of scoring the additional goals needed to break top 8, certainly not without significant reinforcements.
I hope none of this is being perceived as an overly negative critique on our squad or manager, but rather a pragmatic appraisal of where we currently are. Both Leicester and West Ham are the teams we need to close the gap on in order to crack that top 8. Leicester have Vardy, Iheanacho and Daka along with Maddison and Barnes in their ranks. West Ham have Antonio, Bowen and have now signed Scamacca to bolster their attacking threat. Even with Werner and Cornet, I would rate the fire power of both of those sides as greater than ours.
If we were to sign Maddison or another marquee-type signing up front or on the wing then I may reassess my opinion, but from where I am standing, we are looking at 9th/10th.
Aug 1, 2022 at 3:04 PMComment #36
Not sure if you saw but the attendance was over 87000 which was the highest attendance ever for any euro game, men or women. Not bad.
Aug 1, 2022 at 3:12 PMComment #37
The brilliance in Toone’s goal wasn’t necessarily the finish, which was exceptional by the way. It was the touch before the strike that just moved the ball a fraction to the right, setting up the strike. All done at speed. Most of us on this blog couldn’t do what she did. Yes the mens game has more explosive power, but it was a good watch yesterday. 2 good teams with the result in doubt for most of the match. And scenes of unbridled joy at the end. It really meant something. Now if the Toon can do something similar, there will be similar scenes. It’s the years of hurt that make it all the sweeter.
Aug 1, 2022 at 3:12 PMComment #38
Both Noone’s goal and Magull’s goal were quality finishes that if it were done in the men’s game we would be saying they were quality finishes with zero caveats.
Also, for anyone genuinely interested in a statistical analysis on the improvement within women’s goalkeeping there is a cracking article in The Athletic on this issue: https://theathletic.com/3420667/2022/07/14/goalkeepers-euro-22-women/
Aug 1, 2022 at 3:12 PMComment #39
TfB & Davas – that’s amazing. I saw a peak TV audience on BBC One of 17.4m too! That seems like a pretty damn good product and pretty damn good entertainment to me!
I was playing golf with a friend and he had it on his phone to watch between shots. We managed to catch the last couple of minutes in the sports bar after the round too. I’ve never been inclined to do that for women’s football before.
Gotta love it. Especially considering the men reached the final, lost in a tight penalty shoot-out, the players who missed pens got racist abuse online and there are still fans who call for the manager to go…I might start following women’s football a bit more…
Aug 1, 2022 at 3:13 PMComment #40