By Alex McLeish

3rd Aug, 2022 | 12:25pm

Pundit 'gobsmacked' by source's update on Newcastle United's James Maddison pursuit

Newcastle United should meet Leicester City’s valuation in their bid to sign James Maddison.

That’s according to former Aston Villa and Scotland boss Alex McLeish, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Magpies’ attempts to recruit a new attacker.

Newcastle have seen bids of £40million and £50million rejected by the Foxes in this window.

Sources have told Football Insider (1 August) that Brendan Rodger’s side value the attacking midfielder at £60million.

Maddison‘s contract at the King Power Stadium runs until the end of June 2024.

McLeish insists Maddison is worth the £60million asking price.

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“My reaction to that is, now we’re talking, Newcastle,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Ben Wild.

“Now you are talking, he is a superb player. I remember watching videos of him as a kid, him practising with his Dad in the garden.

“He’s a two-footed player and he has tremendous ability. For me, he is a well-rounded player and well worth the money Newcastle will have to pay for him.

“He would be one of the big signings of this new Newcastle era. I am gobsmacked by the prices you see for players these days.

“But James Maddison is up there with all of the best box-to-box midfielders you see in the game all over the world.

“I rate him very highly.”

Maddison scored 12 Premier League goals during 2021-22, more than any Newcastle player.

The Magpies start their 2022-23 campaign against Nottingham Forest (6 August), while the Foxes take on Brentford (7 August).

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