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Newcastle may need to move “aggressively” to sign James Maddison

A claim has emerged on Newcastle United and what they need to do to sign James Maddison from Leicester City in the January transfer window…

What’s the talk?

Journalist Ben Jacobs has claimed that the Magpies could need to be quick and decisive to land the England international at the start of 2023, due to the potential interest in his services.

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He told GIVEMESPORT: “They probably have to move quite aggressively and fast if they want Maddison and to try to get a jump on his other suitors.

“But, from Maddison’s point of view, I think he’ll bide his time. I don’t think he’ll rush into a move when he knows that if he completes another strong season at Leicester, having been their player of the season last year, he will have a whole host of offers including, no doubt, from clubs that have qualified for the Champions League.

“Newcastle is obviously one to watch because they’re flying and Eddie Howe really likes James Maddison.”

Get it done

Magpies sporting director Dan Ashworth must take action and ‘aggressively’ pursue a deal to sign the attacking midfielder as soon as possible as he could be a fantastic addition to the team.

Newcastle must snap him up before other teams have the chance to tempt him into moving elsewhere, particularly if he ends up going to Qatar next month as performing well in a World Cup could attract more interest in his services.

The gem, who the Foxes reportedly value at £60m, has the quality to improve Eddie Howe’s squad as he is a proven Premier League performer who can score and assist goals at this level.

He has found the back of the net 18 times in the league since the start of last season and that is six more than any Newcastle player in that time, with Callum Wilson (12) leading the way.

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Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson celebrates with Joelinton

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Meanwhile, his 22 chances created in 2021/22 suggest that the maestro, whose set-pieces were once dubbed “world-class” by Gareth Southgate, would provide a level of creativity from the middle of that park that Howe’s team has been lacking so far this term.

Bruno Guimaraes has created 14 chances in the top-flight this season and no other Magpies midfielder or attacker has managed more than that, highlighting the improvement Maddison would provide in that department.

Statman Dave recently described the gem as a “magician” and the former Norwich man’s statistics suggest that he has the quality to weave his magic week-in-week-out at St. James’ Park if he joins the club in January.

Therefore, Ashworth must aggressively pursue the 25-year-old as his ability could make him a valuable addition to Howe’s squad by improving the team’s attack heading into the second half of the campaign.

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