Tottenham are eyeing up a move for Leicester’s attacking midfielder James Maddison, as the future of Christian Eriksen remains uncertain after contract talks continued to stall, as reported exclusively by the The Mirror.
Well, La Liga giants Real Madrid are keeping a close eye on developments regarding the Danish international’s future with Spurs, as per The Mirror, and could even make a move this summer with Eriksen’s contract set to expire in 2020.
If the north London-based side don’t secure a new contract for their star playmaker soon, they risk losing him for free next summer or for a reduced fee in the January window, so they need to act quickly if they are to get the best possible deal.
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Mauricio Pochettino is keen to increase the number of British players within his ranks, and according to The Mirror he has reportedly shortlisted Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen, Leeds’ winger Jack Clarke, Bournemouth star David Brooks and Norwich full-back Max Aarons along with Maddison.
At first, probably not. However, it is worth noting that this is the 22-year-old’s debut season in the Premier League, and you can’t deny that he has been impressive after starring for Norwich last season.
Maddison hit 14 goals and recorded eight assists for the Canaries last season, before earning a £20m move to Leicester where he has scored five times and assisted a further four goals in 23 league appearances so far.
The England Under-21 international is four years younger than Eriksen, and whilst he is nowhere near as talented as the former Ajax man right now, his form this season suggests that he can blossom into one of the best attacking midfielders in the league.
Spurs are low on homegrown players, which has forced them to name reduced squads in both the Premier League and the Champions League this season, so a move for Maddison makes perfect sense for Pochettino.