Report: Leicester fear James Maddison exit as Tottenham ramp up interest

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur during the Tottenham Hotspur training session at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on May 22, 2019 in Enfield, England.

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to ramp up their interest in James Maddison.

James Maddison of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Chelsea FC at The King Power Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom.

According to The Mirror, Leicester City now fear they face a fight to keep hold of playmaker James Maddison, with Tottenham Hotspur ramping up their interest.

The Foxes raided Norwich City last summer to sign Maddison, and the move was a masterstroke as the 22-year-old racked up seven goals and seven assists this season.

 

Maddison, a member of the England Under-21 squad this summer, was the only Premier League player to rack up 100 key passes this season, and his creative exploits haven't gone unnoticed.

The Mirror now report that Tottenham are planning a bid for Maddison, with boss Mauricio Pochettino feeling that he will only get better, and needs to be brought to North London.

It's added that Leicester now think they'll face a fight to keep Maddison, but they'll at least be in a strong position to demand a huge fee for him.

Leicester City midfielder James Maddison (10) during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Arsenal at the King Power Stadium, Leicester on Sunday 28th April 2019. (Credit:...

Maddison cost £22.5million a year ago, and Leicester would surely demand more than double that amount now, and whether Spurs have that kind of cash remains to be seen.

Given his creativity and set piece quality, Maddison may well be eyed as a replacement for contract rebel Christian Eriksen, and that may just be how Spurs intend to fund a move for Maddison this summer.

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur during the Tottenham Hotspur training session at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on May 22, 2019 in Enfield, England.

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