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According to reports, Tottenham Hotspur have “liked” Leicester City star James Maddison “for a long time”.
The Foxes paid around £20m to sign Maddison in 2018 from Norwich City. He has already played 171 times for Leicester.
Maddison has shone for Brendan Rodgers’ side over the past few seasons. In the Premier League last term, he grabbed twelve goals and eight assists in 35 appearances.
The midfielder has been capped once by England and he helped Leicester win the FA Cup at the end of the 2020/21 campaign.
His contract at Leicester is due to expire in 2024 and transfermarkt value him at £45m.
Journalist Dean Jones has now revealed that Tottenham are admirers of the Englishman. He acknowledges that if they want to sign him, the “problem” they have is that he is “Leicester’s best player”:
“[He] would be an amazing player for them to land just as the season is getting underway,” Jones told GiveMeSport.
“There’s no doubt they like him, they’ve liked him for a long time. I think the problem they’ve got is that James Maddison is Leicester’s best player.”
Elsewhere, Tottenham have completed the signing of defender Djed Spence from Middlesbrough on a contract until 2027.
Right-back Spence becomes the sixth player to join Spurs this summer to continue the club’s spending spree.
The deal is worth an initial £12.5million but could rise to £20million due to add-ons, the PA news agency understands.
Since Antonio Conte’s side secured Champions League football on the final day of the 2021-22 campaign, Tottenham have changed tack in the transfer window and moved fast to put together a squad capable of challenging on multiple fronts for the upcoming season.
The addition of Spence follows earlier moves for Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison and Clement Lenglet.
London-born Spence has long been on Spurs’ radar and attracted plenty of interest after a successful loan spell with Nottingham Forest, where he helped the club achieve promotion to the Premier League and played a key role in their run to the FA Cup quarter-finals.
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