Reporter shares what people ‘at the club’ are saying about Maddison at Newcastle now

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Speaking on the Transfer Talk podcast, Sky Sports’ Pete Graves discussed Newcastle United and his interest in James Maddison.

The Magpies are very keen to bring Maddison to the club this summer, bidding twice already, and according to Graves there is a good chance the England international will end up at St James’ Park.

In Graves’ opinion, there is a 50 per cent chance of this deal happening, while the Newcastle people have indicated there is a lot of work to do if United want this one to cross the line.

What was said?

Graves shared what he heard about Maddison.

“Do I think James Maddison will sign? It’s really difficult, I have to say I’m 50/50. I think there is a long way to go. The feeling I get from people I talk to at the club is that there is work to be done, but they have been encouraged by a second bid. Would they enter a third time? They wouldn’t make any offers if they thought there was no chance, but Leicester will have to drop their demands a bit,” said Graves.

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Work to do

The people at Newcastle think they have a lot of work to do on this Maddison deal, but luckily they have the people at the club capable of doing it.

Dan Ashworth is one of the best in the business when it comes to brokering deals, while Eddie Howe himself has a knack for convincing quality players to join his teams – watch how he convinced Sven Botman to come to England.

Factor in the owners’ investment and Amanda Staveley’s influence and you have something of a transfer dream team.

This deal will be difficult, but Newcastle are a club capable of pulling off this type of transfer these days.

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