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Newcastle could wait until January for James Maddison deal

Newcastle United appear to have identified Leicester City playmaker James Maddison as a top target this summer, although could be forced to play the long game to sign the Englishman.

What’s the word?

That’s according to journalist Pete O’Rourke – speaking to GIVEMESPORT – who suggested that the Magpies could be willing to wait until January to sign the 25-year-old, if a deal cannot be agreed in the current window.

He stated: “Yeah, that’s a possibility depending on how the season is going for the two clubs. If Leicester aren’t having a great season and Newcastle are doing well, I’m sure it’s something that they would definitely look to revisit.

“They obviously had a successful January transfer window last season when they brought in a number of players, which helped improve their fortunes.”

The northeast side are believed to have had two bids rejected for the one-cap gem by the Foxes already this summer – the second of which totalled £50m – with Brendan Rodgers and co reluctant to sanction a sale and are holding out for around £60m.

Worth the wait

Despite Newcastle boss Eddie Howe’s apparent frustrations regarding the lack of attacking additions that the club has made so far this summer, it could no doubt prove a wise approach to try and wait until January to get a deal done.

Likely unwilling to want to overpay for the £110k-per-week menace, waiting until the winter window could well see a softening of Leicester’s demands, as the playmaker will then have just 18 months on his current contract at the time.

As O’Rourke alluded to, the January market proved particularly fruitful for the Tynesiders last season as they brought in the likes of Kieran Trippier, Bruno Guimaraes and Dan Burn – among others – with it set to be no major issue if the Maddison saga does drag on for a few months longer.

The £45m-rated man is no doubt worth the wait such is his obvious talent, having previously been labelled a “genius” by BBC Norfolk’s Rob Butler, while the former Norwich City star has also earned comparisons to England legend, David Beckham, in the past.

While the Coventry-born ace has perhaps failed to live up to such claims after struggling to force his way into Gareth Southgate’s plans at international level, his sparkling form last term illustrated just what a quality midfielder he truly is.

In 35 top-flight outings, the one-time Aberdeen loanee scored 12 goals and provided eight assists in what was a real standout campaign on an individual note, taking his total Premier League tally to 56 goal contributions in 133 games.

A clinical, impactful presence in the final third, it is understandable just why those at the King Power Stadium stadium are so keen to keep hold of him, as well as why Howe is seemingly so intent on adding him to his ranks.

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If Maddison really is the man that the 44-year-old wants, then having to wait until the winter to get a deal done should be no real concern.