NUFC: Romano confirms Maddison interest

Newcastle United have been heavily linked with a move for James Maddison over the last few months and now a new update has emerged from a reliable source about the club’s pursuit of the player.

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Italian journalist and transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Newcastle have “strong interest” in the Leicester City star.

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Romano told Caught Offside in his exclusive column:

“Newcastle really like James Maddison, they have a strong interest, but there are no negotiations as of now. Let’s see if this goes anywhere this month, or in the summer.”

He’d be a major coup

Magpies boss Eddie Howe will be thrilled with the phenomenal start to the Premier League season that Newcastle have had so far and adding even more quality to the team in 2023 could only enhance their form.

The northeast giants are currently third in the top flight after their first 18 outings and like league leaders Arsenal, have still only lost once since the season began which is incredibly impressive considering they were battling relegation just 12 months ago.

Indeed, it is not only the Premier League that Howe will be wanting his team to compete in as they are also still in contention to win the FA Cup and Carabao Cup so the signing of Maddison could be a great opportunity to bolster the attacking threat going into the second half of the season.

The England international has been one of the standout performers in the top flight this season and has been the linchpin in Leicester’s climb up the table after a troubling start.

Over 13 Premier League appearances, Maddison – who was hailed a “genius” by BBC Norfolk’s Rob Butler – has scored seven goals, registered four assists and created three big chances, as well as averaging 2.4 key passes, 1.9 tackles, three shots on goal and 4.8 duels won per game, proving that he is a huge attacking presence in his team.

With that being said, there is no doubt that Maddison – who was valued at £60m in the summer – would be a major coup for Newcastle if they can acquire his services over the second half of the season and could be the difference in Newcastle breaking their 67-year major trophy drought this year.