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Leicester Have Interest In Magpie As Stalwart Set To Depart King Power Stadium

Newcastle launched a second improved bid for Leicester City’s James Maddison on Monday. The details of this latest offer are uncertain but it is believed to be a structured bid in the region of £45-50m.

Football Insider is reporting that this second bid has been rejected though other outlets have not confirmed this just yet. However, it is expected that the Foxes, who value their midfielder at £60m, will again reject Newcastle’s offer.

It was also reported on Monday that Leicester have an interest in Martin Dubravka. The Mail’s Craig Hope posted the following on Twitter yesterday.

Leicester City stalwart Kasper Schmeichel is due for a medical at Nice this week according to multiple reports. The 35-year-old is in the final year of his contract and Brendan Rodgers has to sell to fund any new recruits.

The Foxes are trying their best to keep hold of their stars with Newcastle after Maddison and Chelsea keen on Wesley Fofana. Newcastle have also enquired about Harvey Barnes and Youri Tielemans but were quoted with high fees.

It’s unclear if a part-exchange deal can be worked out for Maddison with Dubravka heading to the King Power stadium. Eddie Howe may be reluctant to part with Martin as it significantly weakens his options in goal despite having four on the books at present.

The Foxes are on the prowl for a new shot-stopper with Wales international Danny Ward and Daniel Iversen the only senior keepers at the club. Their interest in Dubravka could be something to watch in the coming weeks.

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102 comments so far


    Aug 2, 2022 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #81

    At the end of the window, only certain clubs will be able to afford certain players.
    Certain players won’t wanna come. Some will hedge their bets, as we will.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 2, 2022 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #82

    Jeez Ruddy if I had said that, I’d be told I was slagging off the owners by a well known chap on here and that patience is a virtue etc. Then CH would weigh in and tell me I’m stupid and ugly!

    I agree though. For a club with our apparent wealth, with apparently limited FFP issues (one says none, but that’s shite) we are very slow acting.

    We are told by those in the know 🙂 that we are showing out mettle, and that we won’t be take for a ride.

    The delicate balancing act though is that we need 2-3 attacking players, and putting in low up front money on every dealwith deferred payments can potentially make us look like tyre kickers.

  • dazzler

    Aug 2, 2022 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #83


    It will depend entirely on the player. If the player wants to join and they basically stop picking up the phone because they got their bit from another player sale then they run the risk of having a disgruntled player on their hands. When it’s arguably your most important player too, that could be dangerous.

    Leicester strike me as the kind of club that have valuations for their players and will never get in the way if the valuations are met.

  • barkel

    Aug 2, 2022 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #84

    Sounds like there will be a lot of movement in the closing weeks of the window, everyone trying to reduce squad (if there’s any truth in the papers!) The problem for Leicester is Maddison is their main man this season, Vardy is 35 and on the decline, brilliant squad player but he can’t play every game. Can Leicester get in someone that’s going to produced close to what Maddison has for less than £60m? It’d be very risky for them

  • The Last Jedi

    Aug 2, 2022 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #85

    We should get Golovin and Ben Yedder from Monaco

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 2, 2022 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #86

    Dazz they are certainly sellers when needed but they get good dollars. Assuming Fofana goes to Chelsea, they are in an even better negotiating position so I think we will need to go in with plenty of upfront money, and be ready to pay close to what Leicester want.

  • The Last Jedi

    Aug 2, 2022 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #87

    Risky to spend 70 or so mill on Fofana who is coming back from a bad injury. Leg break I think

  • onmeedsun

    Aug 2, 2022 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #88

    Please please please. The loan has nothing to do with FFP. The loan is just cash, no different to putting equity in. FFP is about profit and loss. I don’t understand the logic behind the loan. PIF could have put a loan into the club. I need to take Mandy for a drink to find out.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 2, 2022 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #89


    The problem with being a pragmatist is that sometimes you have to come across as negative in certain situations because it calls for it. If it is true that we have made 2 bids for Maddison, both of which were £40m structured slightly differently that’s a bit of a joke as far as I am concerned.

    I remain where I was previously in that I don’t think we will sign the players necessary for us to close the gap on the top 8 and as a result we will finish just outside of that, which for me still constitutes a good season if we couple that with playing more aesthetically pleasing possession-based football.

    However, I cannot help but feel that it’s an opportunity missed. Leicester are in rebuild mode, Wolves aren’t that great so an opportunity to finish in a european spot and attract an even better pool of talent in future will be open to us.

    We will wait and see, there is another 4 weeks of the window but I’ve been a little disappointed in what I’ve perceived to have been our approach in the market over the past few weeks.

  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Aug 2, 2022 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #90

    I also would hate to see Dubs leave at this point as he just has a more commanding presence in the box although that doesn’t always translate but it does seem inevitable that he will leave eventually. If we end with Maddison and say Sesko then I think goal goal difference will be on the positive side of the swap.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Aug 2, 2022 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #91

    Well known North West Phrase ” It’ll be al’reet tha’ noze!!!! You’ll see our new owners and Ashworth & Co will deliver before the end of this window . I think they well know we need to be aiming for a Europa League finish this season to be able to attract more quality players next window and in the summer of 23.
    Onwards and upwards.

  • DeanToon88

    Aug 2, 2022 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #92

    What is going on man? first we put a bid in, got declined, put another bid in an nothing happens? is been the theme of this transfer window..

    Why are we not pushing hard to get new attacking players through the door before the start of our season?

    I’ve said it for ages, if Wilson, Bruno, or any of our good players get injured its taking us back a long way.

    All other teams are strengthening heavily right now and we are falling behind big style.

    Botman and pope are brilliant signings but I thought we would of pressed on and signed a few attacking players to build on a good start to the transfer window.

    We’re losing out on all of our targets so far and although we still have time its getting worrying..

  • magicmac54

    Aug 2, 2022 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #93

    Good afternoon Folks

    Paul from The Toon Review giving his views on the possible James Maddison Transfer HWTL


  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 2, 2022 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #94

    Pope will be number 1 keeper (if that is not true -why buy him in the first place).

    Dubs will not want to be number 2 – so he’ll be away.

    The suggestion that we’ll keep him because for whatever reason is emotional thinking. This is a multi million pound business- cut throat – he has played a good role at the club and needs to move on. The club is not an emotional girls club.

  • martoon

    Aug 2, 2022 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #95

    Hi Guys – just a reminder:-

    I’ve started the prediction game for this season – for anybody who hasn’t played before a bunch of us have a go at predicting how we’ll do this season which I record and then at the end of the season I have a look and see who was the closest – no prize but the kudos of being ‘Blog Prediction King (or Queen) – the title is currently held by Adamn_92.

    So I need your predictions for the following:-
    Final League Position
    Final no. of points
    Goals Scored (Premiership)
    League Cup round (2 = Entry, 7 = Final)
    FA Cup round (3 = Entry, 8 = Final)
    Player of the Season (Blog)
    Top goal scorer (TGS)
    No. of goals scored by TGS

    Currently I have predictions from (apologies if I missed yours):-
    Mrs martoon
    The Mighty Quinn
    Nicky the ball tosser
    Assassins Inc
    Essex Geordie Bill
    Wor B
    Dubai Micky
    Great White Hunter
    Lascelles sells sea shells
    The mighty wyn
    The Ledge
    coming home
    Herts In The Toon
    7-10-2021 D1
    Small World
    Romford mag
    King Dev
    Toon fans bad
    Toonarmy of Frogs
    AnyToon in Indiana
    ESPO United
    Ruddy Marveaux-lous
    Zhongguo Geordie

    When you post could you put my name somewhere in your post which makes it easier for me to find your predictions.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 2, 2022 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #96


    Final League Position 8th
    Final no. of points 54
    Goals Scored (Premiership) 60
    League Cup round (2 = Entry, 7 = Final) 5
    FA Cup round (3 = Entry, 8 = Final) 4
    Player of the Season (Blog) Bruno
    Top goal scorer (TGS) Wilson
    No. of goals scored by TGS 16

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 2, 2022 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #97

    Ruddy, agree.

    Its been 6/10 in this window and there isn’t one shred of doubt that Eddie would have wanted better from Dan, to get working with new guys earlier.

    Rome wasn’t built in a day, but anyone who think a guy like Bruno will be happy with 9th or 10th is deluding themselves.

    We need better players, and I can’t understand why we can’t get stuck on for the likes of Dennis or Cornet.

    I think we all expected more than what we have bought this summer but we still have time.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 2, 2022 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #98

    Onmeed, why do u think they took a loan?

  • Paul141726

    Aug 2, 2022 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #99

    Well, did terrible last season but willing to have a go again!

    Martoon –
    Final League position – 8
    Final number of points – 54
    Goals Premiership – 55
    League Cup Round – Semis
    FA Cup Round – 5
    Player of Season – Bruno
    Top Goal Scorer – Wilson
    Number of Goals – 15

    Now, as far as Maddison is concerned, he would be a serious
    addition, but someone in the midfield will need to give way or be moved on.
    Hesitate to name one, I like them all.
    I would love another striker, and hope for Sesko or Guairi, but think we
    will need ANY additional striker. We NEED backup for Wilson, ASAP>

  • JohnJ

    Aug 2, 2022 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #100

    I’d be very sorry to see Dubs leave NUFC but if it meant improving our overall standing and enabled us to complete the signing of Maddison then I’d go with that. Ok it would leave us a bit short in the GK dept but to add someone of Maddison’s quality and ability I would sacrifice Dubs.

    Ah well – we shall see!

  • magicmac54

    Aug 2, 2022 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #101


    Good afternoon Martoon mate

    It looks like i`m the only one so far to select Matt Targett as player of the season, my rationale in picking Targett instead of the obvious suspects is he is a very steady player who will get an average of a 7 rating every match, plus he very rarely injured, so he might not be far away at the end of the season in my humble opinion HWTL.

  • The Last Jedi

    Aug 2, 2022 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #102

    West Ham after Cornet


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