By Frank McAvennie

2nd Aug, 2022 | 4:00pm

Brendan Rodgers could be axed by Leicester City after source's £50m reveal - pundit

Frank McAvennie has suggested Brendan Rodgers could be axed from Leicester if James Maddison moves to Newcastle United.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-West Ham striker suggested the Foxes will need to “hit the ground running” next season and they may need to keep Maddison to do so.

On Tuesday (2 August) this site revealed that Leicester have rejected an improved bid of £50million from Newcastle.

Brendan Rodger’s side are said to value Maddison at a price closer to £60million.

The Midlands club are said to be holding out on their valuation of the midfielder.

On Saturday (30 July), Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth reported that Leicester rejected a £40million bid from Newcastle for the 25-year-old.

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Maddison has two years remaining on his contract at the King Power stadium.

McAvennie said £40m is a good price for the 25-year-old.

He’s a damn good player I’m thinking £40m is not a lot of money,” he told Football Insider.

Listen he’s a good player. He’ll come in and do a job, definitely. He loves getting on the ball.

But Leicester will want to be challenging for the European places, they’re not going to want to let players go.

I think Brendan Rodgers could be out the ship if they don’t hit the ground running so he won’t want to let his good players go that easily.

Maddison made 53 appearances for Leicester across all competitions last season.

During those outings he scored 18 goals and provided 12 assists.

In other news, a pundit has backed Newcastle United to seal Julian Draxler signing amid ‘agent’ claim.