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James Maddison: Newcastle in second round of £50m transfer talks for Leicester midfielder | Transfer Center News

Newcastle have made a second bid for Leicester midfielder James Maddison for around £50million.

The Magpies are awaiting a response to an improved offer for the 25-year-old after his first bid of £40m was rejected over the weekend.

Leicester are believed to value near £60m for Maddison, who joined Fox from Norwich in June 2018 for £24m.

If Newcastle’s offer is accepted, Maddison would become a record signing for the club, surpassing the £40m he paid Hoffenheim for Joelinton in July 2019.

Madison made 53 appearances in all competitions for Leicester last season, scoring 18 goals and providing 12 assists.

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James Maddison has made 171 appearances in all Leicester competitions

Eddie Howe is keen to strengthen his squad despite some setbacks in this summer’s transfer market, having been denied a deal for Everton midfielder Anthony Gordon and being forced to move to France. Human striker Hugo Ekticke has opted for a move to Paris Saint-Germain over Newcastle.

The North East club has signed three summer deals so far with the addition of Aston Villa left-back Matt Target, Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope and Lille defender Sven Botman.

Rogers: I definitely don’t want to sell Madison

James Maddison returned to action for Leicester against Wolves after requiring treatment in Thursday's European Conference League win over Landers
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Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers doesn’t want to lose Madison this summer

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers wants to keep Madison, joking that £40m could buy him “three-quarters of his left foot” after their 1-0 win over Sevilla.

Leicester, the only top-flight team not yet under contract this summer, still need to sell to bring in reinforcements, but Rodgers believes they will be taken advantage of against Madison and others. I claimed no.

“Obviously we have a less than ideal financial situation within the club in terms of wanting to do business.

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Brendan Rodgers says James Madison’s addition of work ethic and maturity this season has made him even more impressive

“I don’t want to lose my best players, but I don’t want to lose anyone. It doesn’t add up.”

“With James, he looks the best I’ve had in my time here. He’s fun to work with. I love him as a young man. I love him first.” Watch him grow from when he came to the United States to when he became a father of 25.

“He is very important to us. There is no way I would want to sell him.”

Rodgers warns Chelsea of ​​Fofana exit

Wesley Fofana is set to return from a long-term injury in Leicester's European Conference League clash with Rennes.
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Leicester defender Wesley Fofana to be Chelsea target this summer

Rodgers also warned Chelsea not to intervene in Wesley Fofana’s bid for the French defender.

Leicester are reportedly demanding up to £85m from Fofana given he has five years left on his contract, and Rodgers has vowed that the 21-year-old is not going anywhere.

“No, he’s not for sale. When we saw him, he had 17 starts in the league. Everyone was watching him at the time, but he came here and he was a player. Not only did he really thrive and grow as a young man.

“He really respects the club. There is no doubt that he will be on the (best) stage in the future, but he is very comfortable and feels good here.

Wesley Fofana

“He has a great relationship with an important teammate and I have no doubt he will grace that stage. It is not for sale.

“He could have had the chance to be in the France squad for the World Cup. It’s about playing, so I’m pretty calm about it. We’ve been talking to him for a long time.

“He can’t stop speculating, but he’s very focused on his work here and very focused on his development.”

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