Leicester City playmaker James Maddison reportedly tops Newcastle’s target list for what is shaping up to be an exciting summer. The 26-year-old will enter the final year of his contract this summer with hopes dwindling at the King Power of him extending his stay.
This summer could be the perfect time for Newcastle to finally land the talented midfielder. Incidentally, Maddison joins Kieran Trippier and Nick Pope in the England squad for the upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers against Italy and Ukraine.
Maddison is not the only long-term target who could again come into play this summer. 90min is reporting that Leverkusen remains a firm hunting ground for the Magpies with no shortage of linked talent.
The report claims that Moussa Diaby and Mitchel Bakker are on the agenda for potential summer moves. Diaby was considered the preferred wide target last summer while Bakker was a target in January 2022.
It’s no surprise Diaby remains high on the wishlist. The winger has refound his form under Xabi Alonso after a slow start to the season. Leverkusen could be more open to selling him after stumbling in this campaign.
Bakker is an interesting player. The 22-year-old is an attacking left-back with no shortage of passion. He would be a fan favorite at St. James’ Park though Howe would have to rein in some of his destructive tendencies.
The U21 Netherlands international has excelled under Alonso, who loves for his fullbacks to push forward. Bakker has responded scoring 3 goals under Alonso after managing just 1 in his Leverkusen career previously.
In related news, Sven Botman has been called up for the full Netherlands squad. He had featured a few times in the U21s backline alongside Bakker. So if Eddie Howe wants any inside information on Bakker, Sven could be the man to ask.