Should Newcastle offer Jacob Murphy swap amid James Maddison concerns?

James Maddison of Norwich City shoots on goal during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay between Chelsea and Norwich City at Stamford Bridge on January 17, 2018 in London, England.

Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing James Maddison, but feel that the playmaker is out of their price range.

James Maddison of Norwich City shoots on goal during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay between Chelsea and Norwich City at Stamford Bridge on January 17, 2018 in London, England.

According to a recent report from the Chronicle, Newcastle are interested in signing James Maddison this summer but have concerns that the playmaker is out of their price range with £20 million said to be the sort of amount that Norwich are likely to demand.

Maddison enjoyed a stunning season at Carrow Road and it appears inevitable that he will be playing Premier League football next season. He scored 14 goals and provided eight assists in the Championship this past season, and the Daily Mirror reports that the Canaries are listening to offers for their talisman.

James Maddison of Norwich City celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Norwich City at Portman Road on October 22, 2017 in...

The 21-year-old would improve almost any squad in the top flight, so it would be a stunning piece of business if Newcastle managed to win the race for his signature, and perhaps Rafa Benitez should consider offering a swap to try and bring the asking price down.

The Chronicle reported that Newcastle's relationship with Norwich is good after the pair agreed a deal for Jacob Murphy last summer, and perhaps his name should crop up if the two teams begin discussions once again this year.

Jacob Murphy of Newcastle in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on December 16, 2017 in London, England.

Murphy endured a difficult first season at St James' Park, and while it was probably his potential that tempted Newcastle to sign him last year, there may well be a decent section of the Toon Army who would suggest cashing in if a reasonable offer came in for the youngster this summer.

With that in mind, Newcastle should consider suggesting to Norwich that they can have Murphy back as part of a deal that would see Maddison move the other way for a fee significantly less than the £20 million that they currently want.

Murphy was impressive for the Canaries, and Daniel Farke may perhaps be open to his return given that the club have already sold his twin brother to Cardiff City and face losing Maddison. 

Maddison appears to have an enormous amount of potential, and landing him could be a massive coup for Newcastle, so considering including Murphy in the deal should be an option that Benitez gives plenty of thought to this summer.

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