Newcastle eye double transfer raid on Leicester for James Maddison and Harvey Barnes as sporting director watches Foxes


NEWCASTLE UNITED are keen to double down on Leicester by pinching two of their best players this summer.

The Magpies are ready to splash the cash on top-quality Premier League players in multiple positions across the pitch.

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Eddie Howe looks on course to seal a brilliant top-four finish for the Toon, after losing just five matches all season.

But Howe is determined to bolster his squad with experienced reinforcements in the upcoming transfer window.

He is particularly eager to add a new midfielder, to provide competition for Bruno Guimarães and Joelinton.

The club is therefore eyeing a potential double raid on relegation-threatened Leicester.


Reports from talkSPORT claim that James Maddison is one of their top targets.

This comes as the Magpies were unsuccessful in their attempts to sign the England midfielder last summer.

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Newcastle sporting director Dan Ashworth, who watched Leicester’s spiritless 3-0 defeat at home to Liverpool on Monday, is also known to be a big admirer of winger Harvey Barnes.

Barnes, 25, has scored 12 goals this season and is estimated to be worth 28m.

Leicester are sprinting towards relegation, and face a mass exodus if they drop into the Championship.

Maddison is reportedly expected to leave regardless of whether they avoid the drop.

The 26-year-old is their most valuable player, with a reported transfer value of £48m.

Despite this season being tainted by injury, the England midfielder has 19 goal contributions 27 league appearances.

And the Magpies will have to fight for him, as Manchester United and Tottenham have also been linked.

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Free agent Youri Tielemans will definitely leave while centre-back Caglar Soyuncu has already agreed a pre-contract with Atletico Madrid.

Ironically, in order for Leicester to survive, they will most likely need to beat Newcastle this weekend.

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