Tottenham told they’ll struggle to sign James Maddison due to Man Utd interest

Tottenham have been told they will struggle to outgun Manchester United if they both follow up their interest in James Maddison.

The Leicester playmaker is one of the best young players in the Premier League and is thriving under Brendan Rodgers.

That has seen the league’s big guns take note, but Duncan Castles still reckons the Red Devils are a more attractive proposition.

Giovani Lo Celso’s arrival in the summer also means two players could battle for the same position if they were to pursue Maddison.

He reckons Tottenham will have to deliver a serious sales pitch if they are to convince Maddison to chose them, but isn’t convinced a move to north London can become a “reality”.

Castles said on Reach plc’s Transfer Window podcast : “It is interesting in the sense that they bought a number 10 in Giovani Lo Celso, but you see Maddison’s best position as being the number 10.

“However you can also play him across that attacking line behind the forward.

“You have to say that Maddison at 22, is very much in that category of player Levy likes to acquire.

“The question you would have is the kind of money it would take to do it, particularly with Man Utd retaining an interest and he being very much the profile of player Ed Woodward is championing at the moment.

“I can see the interest, I’m not sure Tottenham can make this a reality with competition from Man Utd.

“Unless they sell the proposal as – come here and you’re surrounded by better players, we make you central to the plan, you have more chance of winning, so chose us over them.”

Maddison was signed from Norwich for £25m last summer, but he would now command a fee more than double that.

Leicester have started impressively and it is not beyond the realms of possibility that they could finish above both Tottenham and United.

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