Leicester City tipped to accept Newcastle United's '£70m' James Maddison bid - Agbonlahor
Leicester City may only accept a £70million bid from Newcastle United for James Maddison, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England attacker claimed Newcastle’s opening bid was an “insult”.
Football Insider reported on Monday (1 August) that Leicester had knocked back a £40million offer and value him at £60million.
Sources then told this site on Tuesday (2 August) that the Foxes had rejected a follow-up bid of £50million which would make him Newcastle’s record signing.
“James Maddison is coming into his prime,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“At 25, he’s relatively young for a footballer and has a nice two years left on his contract.
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“If I’m Leicester, I’m not even picking up the phone unless it’s got a six in front of it. If it hasn’t got a six in front of it, don’t even contact them.
“The £40million that Newcastle offered was a bit of an insult, to be honest.
“You see some players that are getting signed for £40million and they are nothing on James Maddison and what he’s capable of when he’s on form with his age.
“He’s going to fit into that Newcastle team perfectly in that number 10 position – they are crying out for someone like him.
“All those factors, why would you sell him for £40million? It’s actually an insult.
“Leicester will say ‘We wanted a six in front, well now we want £70million’.
“Maddison finished the season with 12 goals and eight assists and he was in great form. There’s the English tax that you have to add on that people don’t like.
“For me, he’s a £60million, £70million player. If Newcastle don’t want to pay that, if I’m Leicester I’m saying ‘Can you stop phoning me? You can have [Youri] Tielemans for £40million’.”