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Playmaker Has Been Identified As Top January Target – Report



Newcastle have identified Leicester City’s James Maddison as the top target for January according to The Northern Echo. The 25-year-old will have just 18 months left on his contract when the winter window opens.

The Magpies tried to land the playmaker over the summer but had two bids rejected. The second bid was reportedly around £40m, though it is understood to have been heavily structured.

Leicester have limped out of the gate to start the new campaign with just 1 point. They sit at the bottom of the league table having lost the last five on the trot. Maddison has contributed 2 goals and 1 assist in his five league appearances.

Eddie Howe was hopeful of adding another midfielder with Jonjo Shelvey sidelined until November with a hamstring injury. Maddison’s teammate Youri Tielemans, Ajax’s Edson Alvarez, and Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher were also on the shortlist.

Ultimately, those efforts came up short and the injury to Bruno Guimaraes has limited Howe’s options in recent weeks. Though, Elliot Anderson has been given an opportunity over that span and has not disappointed.

Premier League pundit and former England striker Ian Wright recently claimed that Maddison wanted the move to Newcastle. If true, he remained professional and didn’t try to force the situation like his teammate Wesley Fofana, who joined Chelsea late in the window.

If Leicester’s situation doesn’t improve soon, manager Brendan Rodgers’ job could be in jeopardy. Incidentally, Chelsea have fired Thomas Tuchel this morning after a 1-0 defeat at Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League.

Leicester is facing an exodus with a number of stars on contracts that expire over the next two seasons. Tielemans is in the final year of his deal and Leicester were open to allowing him to leave for £25m in the summer.

Another potential summer target to watch this winter is Leeds’ Jack Harrison. Newcastle had bids in the £20m range rejected for the 25-year-old, who has struggled in recent weeks.

Harrison will have just 18 months left on his contract in January and was pulled at halftime in Leeds’ 5-2 loss at Brentford over the weekend. Like Maddison, Harrison reportedly was keen on joining Newcastle this summer.

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204 comments so far

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #121

    Where did all this stuff originate from – when the board/owners did what they wanted (in respect of buying players) without any input from the manager/coach.

    I just cannot recall who started it all – is it an American import.

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  • The Taco Taker

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #122

    MrTuff – Ashley was a pioneer of this approach – ask KK!

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  • martoon

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #123

    Just seen the Brighton v Palace game postponed due to rail strikes on the 17th
    https://www.skysports.com/football/live-blog/11095/12507208/football-news-and-latest-updates-column

    I’m sure there was a rail strike when we played Brighton – surely a lot more difficult to get from Newcastle to Brighton with no trains than London to Brighton??

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #124

    9 – I didn’t say that Bruno has dodgy fitness. I said that he’s missed a few matches. Also, fans are often basing our predicted finish on our very good first team whereas it also has to be acknowledged that our second string is much weaker. If Bruno gets injured for a while, our midfield will be much poorer for it and probably scupper any chances of top 6.

    I also agree that Wilson is a class player and I think he’d have been playing for one of the big 6 clubs years ago if it wasn’t for his fitness issues. Really hoping he gets even 20 games this season.

    It’s all about opinions but when you look at our squad as a whole, consider injuries, suspensions etc, look at our backup options, and then look at the squads that the big 6 have, I think it’s very unlikely we finish above any of them. I think one of them would need to have a genuinely bad season for it to happen. And when you look at the squads of West Ham, Wolves, Leicester and Villa, I’d say our squads are comparable. I often use Transfermarkt to look at the squads and any stats. Very interesting site.

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  • Ashingtoon62

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #125

    Martoon

    Yes there was, hence my earlier post..Its a good precedent to set especially for supporters.

    How on earth can NUFC supporters get to Southampton for New Year day fixtures ever again
    😀

    London to Brighton, just a little jaunt down the M20/M23 76 miles FFS!!!!

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  • martoon

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #126

    Also guys – while I remember:-

    In predictions because of the transfer window just closing if anybody wants to change their top goal scorer and/or player of the season to one of the new signings please post your changes here and I’ll update my record accordingly.

    https://www.nufcblog.com/2022/09/06/howe-finding-ways-to-keep-his-defenders-involved/

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  • magicmac54

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #127

    Wor B

    Boring Golfers …. OOT

    Tedious Golfers …. IN 😀 😀 😀

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  • martoon

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #128

    Ashingtoon62 @125 – Spot on – I totally agree – it really is a ridiculous precedent to set!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #129

    I don’t know any boring golfers on this blog. I do know a rather boring right winger though…and I’m not talking about Almiron, that bloke always has a smile on his face! 🙂

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #130

    I’d just like to point out that I can get to Southampton for a NYD fixture. 🙂 so if that happens again, I’ll accept donations of any tickets to boost the away support! 😉

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #131

    martoon,
    I think it’s because they’re close and the stadium can’t handle the bottleneck of traffic of all the people coming in cars, there must have been loads of problems at our game and given the amount that would also arrive in cars from South London, they’ve decided to cancel.

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  • magicmac54

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #132

    ToonDarnSarf

    Is there another Blog member playing in the big Golf Tournament on friday apart from your good self and Sir Peter the Pug?

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  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #133

    Taco – yes Mr Tubbs was one of the early practioners of not involving the manager/coach in purchasing players.

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #134

    A23/M23/A27 to be precise. did it every week day for 4 years. Except I was a little further north of Palace

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  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #135

    TDS if you cannot recognise any boring golfers – you should really just look in the mirror and you’ll spot the worst kind.

    You will have to be quick to get the reflection before the mirror shatters due to your ugliness.

    Hahahahaha. Another corker.

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  • magicmac54

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #136

    ToonDarnSarf

    You don`t know any boring golfers on this blog, thank God you haven`t played with me yet 😀 😀 😀

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #137

    Mister Tuff,
    The wolf pack aren’t on to slap your back and heart you to death, you’ll have to come back around nine-ish.

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  • Wor B

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #138

    Mate of mine used to live 5 mins walk from Selhurst, there’s about enough spare parking for an extra 6 or 7 cars within a 5 mile radius.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #139

    Jail – I think folk are reading the blog at this hour but not posting as they do not want to be involved in the golf borefest.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #140

    magicmac54 – Wimbletoon is down to come too. Although the weather looks rather ropey at the moment…

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  • Ashingtoon62

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #141

    WorB

    They are playing at Brighton..

    Jail

    the Toon Army managed it by car?

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #142

    the Pug is not a boring golfer.
    He is a bore, who plays golf.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #143

    Sorry Mister Tuff, I’m just not going to engage with you any further. My Mother always taught me not to be cruel to dumb animals. Cheerio.

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  • magicmac54

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #144
  • Wor B

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #145

    Ashingtoon

    Good point, well made.

    😆

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  • Ashingtoon62

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #146

    Tuff should be giving a little lee way today,he’s still got a hard on after seeing Truss’ nazi cabinet..

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #147

    Ashingtoon,
    There would have been a lot more on coaches than from South London and it’s likely that they’ve learned lessons from that day.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #148

    “Booohoooo booohoooo I’m not ugly I’m vewy pwetty and I’m not going to speak to you anymore booohooo booohooo”

    Tremendous comedy blogging today and it’s free.

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  • The Taco Taker

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #149

    9 I can’t agree that 1 win in 6 is terrible considering the opposition thus far:

    2-0 vs Forest – we should expect to win that and did.
    0-0 vs Brighton away – always going to be a tricky fixture and I think a fair result.
    3-3 vs Manc City – In what is likely match of the season – cant complain.
    1-1 vs wolves, slight disappointing perhaps, but we didn’t lose.
    2-1 vs Liverpool- and we were robbed of a point due to phantom minutes.
    0-0 vs Palace again slight disappointing especially given VAR but there is no guarantee we would have one the game if that decision had gone in our favour, but again we didn’t lose

    So in summary we went toe to toe with the top two teams in the country and only failed to get a point out of Liverpool cos the refs watches are broken! Were it not for that one thing we would be unbeaten in our first 6!

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  • Ashingtoon62

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #150

    Jail

    This is a political move,trust me..

    Liz hasn’t wasted any time to manipulate the public against those pesky unions..
    The fact that the EPL have sanctioned it,is mind boggling..
    Remember not that long ago,the EPL was played behind closed doors..

    Unbelievable Jeff..

    If I was CP I would be kicking up a stink especially considering Brightons possible managerial status..

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  • 9

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #151

    Taco,
    Suit yourself. I’ve always believed “The League Table doesn’t Lie”. Every point you make may be valuable but, the FACT is, we have a miserable 1 win from 6 matches.

    TDS : how come we had the 3rd best points tally against all these clubs in 2022? I didn’t make this up (as you know) -it’s a FACT. So why should NUFC worry about all the clubs you mention? They should (and do) worry about us, as following results will clearly prove (OPINION)

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  • magicmac54

    Sep 7, 2022 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #152

    NUFC Matters starting at 6pm Lads HWTL

    https://youtu.be/858UmFr9TpQ

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  • Ashingtoon62

    Sep 7, 2022 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #153

    What’s next?

    Brighton v Newcastle game 2024 postponed due to heatwave on South coast.

    NUFC Have pointed out that they couldn’t play to their full potential during the 2022 fixture due to extreme heat.

    The EPL have agreed and said it’s nee bother and will reschedule.. 😆

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  • Ashingtoon62

    Sep 7, 2022 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #154

    Right I’m off hound walking..

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  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 7, 2022 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #155

    Ashington (more like Croydon) just been reading your man/person Eddie Izzard is hoping to become an MP at the next election. Here’s an image of him/her in a lovely dress.

    I suspect you will now be aroused by him and will be creaming your frilly knickers.
    https://www.bing.com/images/blob?bcid=qKHfycHglp8EzEoSzIqnMU89yRvY…..4c

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  • Not another deJong

    Sep 7, 2022 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #156

    I bet Brendan Rodgers is quietly touting himself for the Chelsea job.

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  • The Taco Taker

    Sep 7, 2022 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #157

    9 – 1 agree the league table does not lie but I look at it as one loss (an illegitimate loss I my mind) in 6 games and having played the best two teams in country and the current best team outside the established top 6 in Brighton.

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  • The Last Jedi

    Sep 7, 2022 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #158

    Sir Bobby saved us from relegation then next season finished 11th after signing Cort, Bassedas, Cordone etc.
    Then the 3rd season he got 4th after signing Bellamy and Robert.
    With that in mind my expectations for this season is low as we don’t have a good goal output in this squad apart from Wilson who is rarely fit. So I expect a 14th to 11th place finish this season but next season I expect top 4/6 for definite

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Sep 7, 2022 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #159

    Ref CP/Brighton. Brighton have loads of parking. Switch the fixtures around if need be.

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Sep 7, 2022 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #160

    I expect 7-9th this season, but isn’t great that I am not hoping for 17th on goal difference like the start of last season.

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