Spurs set to reach agreement over Ange’s No1 target, as Tottenham close in on third signing

Reports suggest that Tottenham have made progress in their negotiations with Leicester, and there is a possibility of reaching an ‘agreement’ to sign James Maddison this week, writes the Express.

Tottenham has already been active in the transfer window, securing a deal for goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario and permanently signing Dejan Kulusevski. However, their transfer activities are expected to continue, with a focus on strengthening the midfield, and Maddison is considered their top target.

While Newcastle was initially seen as Tottenham’s main competitor for Maddison, the club has shifted its attention to Sandro Tonali. This leaves Tottenham as the frontrunners to secure Maddison’s signature, according to The Athletic. Talks between Tottenham and Leicester are still ongoing, but an agreement seems imminent. There is still a gap between the two clubs regarding the transfer fee, with Leicester pushing for around £60 million, while Tottenham is reportedly willing to offer £40 million upfront with additional add-ons.

Leicester’s negotiating position is weakened due to their relegation from the Premier League and Maddison having only one year left on his contract. With Newcastle no longer pursuing Maddison, the likelihood of a bidding war driving up the price is reduced.