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Newcastle United could be set to break their wage structure to sign ‘sensational’ £40m man – journalist
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Newcastle United could be set to break their wage structure to sign ‘sensational’ £40m man – journalist

Newcastle United fans can enjoy the World Cup break knowing they’ll be in the top four of the Premier League for the next month.

Eddie Howe’s side have broken into the Champions League spots and look difficult to shift right now.

A report from journalist Keith Downie, via Give Me Sport, suggests Newcastle may have to start flexing their massive budget to make new signings.

Since their takeover, Newcastle have broken their record transfer, but also made plenty of sensible moves in the market.

Bruno Guimaraes was signed last January for £40m, before Alexander Isak broke the bank in the summer.

However, as Newcastle continue to look up the table, the calibre of player they’ll be looking to sign will also increase.

The Magpies have now been linked with Leicester City playmaker James Maddison for a number of months.

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The 25-year-old has been in sensational form this season, and managed to break into Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

However, Downie now believes that signing Maddison could break Newcastle’s wage structure.

The midfield star has plenty of suitors, and for Newcastle to win the race for the ‘sensational’ playmaker, it could end up being very expensive.

Maddison could break Newcastle’s wage structure

Asked about how negotiations may go between Maddison and Newcastle, Downie said: “What Newcastle would have to do for James Maddison is break their wage structure.

“Obviously, he’s going to be wanting significantly more than he’s on at Leicester with his contract running down. It’s just whether Newcastle are willing to go to that number.”

Valued at £40m, Maddison would be a statement signing for Howe’s side.

Newcastle’s midfield doesn’t currently contain a natural attacking playmaker unless Howe selects Jonjo Shelvey.

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The likes of Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron would thrive off the passes Maddison is capable of playing.

The one-cap international is also more than happy to chip in with regular goals too.

Newcastle will have to think long and hard about whether they want Maddison to break their wage structure.

It could trigger a number of current Newcastle stars wanting to negotiate their deals.

However, if Maddison can help secure the Magpies place in Europe next season, then his demands will surely be worth it.

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