Newcastle to continue talks over James Maddison but will not pay Leicester’s £60m asking price

Newcastle will press on with talks over deal for James Maddison but will not go to Leicester’s £60m asking price after opening bid of £35m was rejected

  • Newcastle United are set to continue negotiations over buying James Maddison
  • Leicester City have set a £60m asking price, but the Magpies will not go close
  • A deal for the 25-year-old could be difficult, but Newcastle remain optimistic  

Newcastle want to maintain talks with Leicester over a deal for James Maddison after seeing a structured bid of £35million rejected last week.

We understand the Magpies will continue negotiations in the coming days and hope that a compromise on price can be agreed.

They will not go close to the £60m asking price that has been mooted over the weekend and sources say a deal for the 25-year-old is likely to prove difficult to complete.

Leicester City want £60m for James Maddison, but Newcastle United's opening bid was £35m

Leicester City want £60m for James Maddison, but Newcastle United’s opening bid was £35m 

However, Newcastle have been given some encouragement that Maddison would be keen on a move and have not given up on the midfielder.

They are aware of Brendan Rodgers’ comments on Sunday, when the Leicester boss said: ‘He’s still very much a player here. Naturally, the players are sought after because they are talents.

‘You see his performance, you see how happy he is and he’s not a player we want to sell. It’s not for me to put valuations on the players, it’s not my side, but that might just cover three-quarters of his left leg, that price. He’s a top player.’

Brendan Rodgers called Maddison 'a top player' over the weekend, and hopes to keep him

Brendan Rodgers called Maddison ‘a top player’ over the weekend, and hopes to keep him

Newcastle have a limited budget this summer because of spending rules and any deal for Maddison would have to be structured with the promise of future payments and add-ons.

They are also interested in Burnley winger Maxwel Cornet but are reluctant to pay the entirety of his £17.5m release clause in one sum.

Eddie Howe is an admirer of both Maddison and Cornet, although it seems the former is the priority for the time being.

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