£75m player may not leave in January because he's waiting to see if Tottenham will bid for him - journalist
Antonio Conte looks set to bolster his squad in the January window but it remains to be seen whether Daniel Levy will sanction a big move for the likes of Maddison.
The Athletic reported yesterday that Levy has repeatedly told Conte there is not a huge amount of money to spend ahead of next month’s window.
Spurs have been linked with a move for Maddison over the past few windows but of course, nothing has materialised up to this point. Newcastle had bids for Maddison knocked back over the summer and the Northern Echo claims the 26-year-old is Eddie Howe’s top target ahead of January.
But Jacobs has now suggested that Maddison could wait until the summer before making a decision over his future.
Maddison waiting to see if Spurs will bid
Speaking on Steve Wraith’s YouTube channel on NUFC Matters, Jacobs claims Newcastle will have to pay big in order to sign Maddison in January.
And the transfer insider suggested that the England star could wait until the summer to see if the likes of Tottenham are interested.
“In January it’s going to be interesting because whoever comes in for Maddison knows they are going to have competition,” Jacobs said.
“If you want James Maddison in January you are doing so because you need him now, or if you’re Newcastle United you may want to put a bigger offer down to jump ahead of suitors who only want to move in the summer or feel there is only value in the summer.
“The only time Newcastle have done that is actually for Chris Wood, when they were desperate for striker depth.
“If Newcastle want Maddison in January they are going to have to pay big, but there is an opportunity.
“But more likely Maddison will wait until the summer, when he knows what he’s getting, because there may be Spurs interest – there may still be Newcastle interest.”
Jacobs also added that Leicester turned down Newcastle’s bids over the summer as they were holding out for around £60 million.
But after the midfielder’s excellent start to the season, they could now demand between £70-£75 million just to stop him from leaving in the middle of the campaign.
Spurs are crying out for a creative player in the middle of the park and Maddison would certainly fit the bill. He’s put up incredible numbers for Leicester this season, bagging seven goals and assisting four times in the Premier League.
But it remains unclear whether Conte actually wants a midfielder like Maddison as the Italian’s favoured system suggests otherwise.
The Spurs boss has stuck by his 3-4-3 system for the majority of his time in north London and it’s difficult to see Maddison playing in a midfield pivot.