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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

  • The Taco Taker

    Sep 7, 2022 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #201

    But that is my point, at Brighton there is a ceiling to what they can achieve at Chelsea there is not. Potter would be mad to turn the Chelsea job down unless he feels he does not fit with the new owners vision. If they do align he has nothing to lose.

    He might get time, he might not. That depends on the new owners plans and results but if he likes the plan he will take the job.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Sep 7, 2022 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #202

    What was naive about it from KK’s side, Ashley lied to him to save us from relegation, why would he not believe this self made Blionaire that nobody knew anything about.

  • The Taco Taker

    Sep 7, 2022 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #203

    I am not saying I want Potter to go to Chelsea personally but it will keep their grubby mits away from Howe*. I just think it is an offer Potter would be silly to refuse unless he does not buy into the owners plans.

    *Howe would not leave NUFC for Chelsea anyway though, as the risk vs reward is different for him.

  • SirRhosis

    Sep 7, 2022 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #204

    I really don’t think that you could hold it against Potter if he went. I doubt that he will get such an opportunity to test himself at a higher level again. It appears that Brighton acknowledge this and have hence given permission to let him talk to Chelsea, which is commendable in itself.

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