By Frank McAvennie

3rd Aug, 2022 | 3:00pm

James Maddison tipped to open door on Newcastle United move after source's update - pundit

Frank McAvennie is adamant James Maddison would be open to the idea of joining Newcastle United this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-West Ham striker said the 25-year-old will likely want to be a part of the new project at St. James’ Park.

On Tuesday (2 August) this site revealed that Leicester have rejected a second bid from Newcastle for Maddison.

The Magpies upped their initial bid of £40million to £50million for the midfielder.

It is understood that the Foxes are holding firm on their £60million valuation of Maddison.

The one-time England international has two years remaining on his contract at the King Power stadium.

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When asked for his assessment of the latest, McAvennie told Football Insider: “Would Maddison want to go to Newcastle? Of course he would.

They’re going to spend a lot of money and bring in top players.

But Brendan [Rodgers] will be saying to Maddison that there’s quality players at Leicester and they can go on a run again and see if they can get back up the table and challenge for European spots.

It’s going to be interesting because there’s so many teams who will want to be challenging for European spots. Leicester is one of those teams that is going to want to be up there and fighting.

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

In 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.