Tottenham Hotspur’s topsy-turvy start to the new season continued yesterday as they lost 2-2 to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.
Harry Kane’s excellent finish had given the visitors the lead before Serge Aurier had a goal chalked off after VAR deemed Heung-min Son offside in the build-up.
Leicester then roared back with Ricardo Pereira grabbing an equaliser before the in-form James Maddison hit a fine strike from range beyond the sprawling Paulo Gazzaniga.
It was a fantastic hit from the playmaker who again showed just why his name is being linked with moves to some of the Premier League’s top clubs.
One of those clubs consistently linked with Maddison has been Tottenham Hotspur. In fact, on two occasions, the club have reportedly been close to signing the talented midfielder.
Last summer, Tottenham were strongly linked with making a move for the then Norwich City star. However, Tottenham decided against the deal. As reported by the London Evening Standard, the hierarchy at Spurs decided they did not want to spend big money on a player who only had Football League experience. Maddison eventually joined Leicester, in a deal reportedly (Daily Mail) worth £24 million.
Tottenham also tried to sign him from Coventry City earlier in his career. The Standard reported that Harry Redknapp was raving to former colleagues at Tottenham about the youngster in 2015 and a £350,000 deal was in the offing. Negotiations ‘stalled’, according to the report, and Maddison ended up joining Norwich the following February.
Tottenham continue to find themselves linked with Maddison and yesterday he showed just why je might be a great recruit for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. However, if they do eventually get a hold of the playmaker, it will be at a much higher cost than they would have paid when initial interest was seemingly present.