James Maddison says he's been having banter with Newcastle players
James Maddison has told Lions’ Den that he has been having a bit of banter with the Newcastle United players in the England squad about the upcoming game with Leicester City on Boxing Day, while he alluded to the speculation linking him with a move to St James’ Park in the summer.
Maddison, of course, has been absolutely vital to Leicester so far this season. He has scored seven goals and contributed four assists for Brendan Rodgers’ men.
His form saw the attacking midfielder force his way into the England fold for the trip to Qatar. And reports from The Northern Echo have suggested that Newcastle have put Maddison at the top of their wishlist ahead of the January window.
Maddison having banter with Newcastle players in England squad
The Magpies wanted the 26-year-old in the summer. And Maddison was clearly well aware of the links.
He is also playing alongside Nick Pope, Callum Wilson and Kieran Trippier at present, with the quartet in the England squad for the World Cup.
Maddison was asked about the upcoming clash with Newcastle due to the banter he has had with Wilson about the game. And in his answer, he did mention how the links with the Magpies have added an extra layer to the fixture.
“Me, Cal, Tripps and Popey have been having a bit of banter. Three on one with the Newcastle boys. We’ve been having a bit of banter about the Boxing Day game coming up, and obviously there was a bit of speculation last summer,” he told Lions’ Den.
“It’s been good fun. I think the Foxes are going to come out on top on Boxing Day. I’ve been saying that all week. Newcastle are in good form to be fair. Callum Wilson’s sure he’s going to score.”
It will be interesting to see whether Newcastle make a move for Maddison in January. Certainly, they have the funds to make life difficult for Leicester while the window is open.
And Maddison may well look at the Premier League table and want to make the switch. Eddie Howe’s men are absolutely flying right now. And they have an opportunity to achieve something special.
Maddison will certainly not come cheap. There have been suggestions that he is valued at around £60 million.
But a good World Cup, and another impressive performance when Leicester meet Newcastle may see that value rise further by the time January arrives.