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Newcastle “unlikely” to pursue James Maddison deal in January

An update has emerged on Newcastle United and their interest in James Maddison ahead of the January transfer window…

What’s the talk?

The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards has claimed that the Magpies are set to avoid a swoop to sign the England international during the midway point of the season.

However, the club have not completely given up their pursuit of the Leicester attacking midfielder and could change their stance in a future window.

Edwards tweeted:

“#nufc “highly unlikely” to move for James Maddison in Jan according to well-placed sources. There could be signings made but not going to be huge month for recruitment and that deal is very, very expensive and difficult to do. Still like the player though and remains of interest.”

Big blow

This update will come as a big blow to Eddie Howe as Maddison has the quality to be a phenomenal signing for the Magpies in January.

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Signing the former Norwich and Coventry man would give Newcastle a huge boost in their pursuit of European football as he has proven himself to be a fantastic player at Premier League level.

The gem, who has been valued at around £60m by the Foxes, has been on fire in the top-flight this season – scoring seven goals and providing four assists in 13 appearances. 

Is James Maddison worth £60m?

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Statman Dave described the midfielder as a “magician” earlier this season and his creative statistics back that up. Maddison has created 2.4 chances per match in the division and completed 84% of his attempted passes, which shows that he is regularly providing his teammates with opportunities to score without consistently gifting possession away.

Meanwhile, Kieran Trippier (2.3) is the only Newcastle player with more than 1.3 key passes per match in the Premier League and this suggests that the Leicester man would be a welcome addition to the side.

The superb gem, who is currently in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup with England, also scored 12 goals and provided eight assists in 28 starts in the league for the Foxes last term. Whereas, no Toon player managed more than eight goals or five assists during the 2021/22 campaign.

Therefore, Maddison would be a sensational signing for the club as he could improve their attacking options, both in terms of his goalscoring potential and his creative qualities.

This is why not signing him in January is set to be a big blow for Howe as he will not be able to call upon the 26-year-old’s talents to help his side’s Champions League hopes in the second half of the season.