Newcastle are set to step up their pursuit of England international James Maddison this summer as the Magpies look to kick on after a terrific Premier League campaign.
Maddison, 26, was visibly dejected after his Leicester City side went down 5-3 at Fulham on Monday afternoon in which an appalling first-half performance was met by boos towards their own team from Foxes fans.
Maddison’s performances have provided a brief spark in what has been a dismal season for Leicester who find themselves in the relegation zone; two points from safety with only three matches left to play.
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According to the Daily Telegraph’s Luke Edwards, Maddison fits the profile of Newcastle’s current recruitment strategy of signing young and precocious talents who have yet to hit their peak yet, such as Swede Alexander Isak and Anthony Gordon.
Despite playing for a side plagued with relegation, Maddison’s consolation goal from the penalty spot on Monday means he has now hit double figures for goals in the Premier League for a second consecutive season and it is widely believed the ex-Norwich City man will only improve when given the freedom that is allowed when playing for a top-six club.