Newcastle United could struggle to prise Leicester City talisman James Maddison away from the King Power midway through the season, with the England star yet to decide on his future. 

What’s the word? 

That is according to journalist Ben Jacobs, who has been informed by “sources” of the 26-year-old’s current thought process as regards a possible move to Tyneside. 

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Jacobs said: “Sources told me that Maddison would rather wait until the end of the season and Leicester are not ruling out a new deal either.

“But from Maddison’s point of view, the reason why he would rather wait is because he wants to know what he’s getting and right now if London’s the preference, and Tottenham and or, more loosely, Chelsea are looking at him, neither of those two clubs can categorically guarantee that they’re heading towards Champions League football for sure next season and Newcastle are in a better form position, but again, who knows whether they’re going to get over the line and get Champions League football.

“So, if James Maddison decides in January, then he is gambling to some extent on who he’s joining in qualifying for the Champions League.

“If James Maddison does a full season at Leicester and then does want to leave, then not only does he have longer to navigate that move during the summer, but he’ll have absolute clarity on what he’s walking into in terms of Champions League football, and he’ll have a full pre-season to work with that new squad, rather than World Cup fatigue and then moving mid-season.

“So, I do sense that unless a massive offer is made, Newcastle will struggle to get James Maddison in January.”

Worth the wait

Ideally, Newcastle would acquire the services of Maddison as early as January, but if they are made to wait for him until the summer, it could be well worth it.

The Leicester star has been a consistent threat since joining the Foxes, and he has reached new heights over the last couple of seasons with returns that England boss Gareth Southgate simply could not ignore.

A haul of 12 goals and eight assists from 35 appearances last season somehow went unnoticed for the most part by Southgate, but a follow up return of seven goals and four assists from 13 league games this term have been too good to overlook, with Maddison duly included in England’s World Cup squad.

The £60m-valued playmaker would surely thrive on Tyneside under the guidance of Eddie Howe, in what would be an easy transition to make given that he is already familiar with Premier League and European club football.

If Newcastle cannot acquire the England international in January, having to wait until the summer would not be the end of the world, particularly if they can win the race for his signature.