Leicester in four-way tussle for £15m ex-Tottenham starlet tearing it up

Jonny Whitfield
Noni Madueke Sparta v PSV January 2021

Leicester face a four-way transfer battle after making an enquiry over PSV star Noni Madueke’s availability, according to a report.

The Foxes have enjoyed another strong season under boss Brendan Rodgers, with several recent signings playing their part. Centre-back Wesley Fofana has made a fantastic impression, as has full-back Timothy Castagne. As such, Leicester are looking to go one better than last season by qualifying for the Champions League.

However, the search to improve Rodgers‘ team goes on. The Northern Irishman has a penchant for developing raw, young talents such as Philippe Coutinho at Liverpool and Foxes star James Justin.

According to the Daily Mail, though, Rodgers now has his sights set on landing PSV winger Madueke.

The 19-year-old has emerged as one of Europe’s finest young midfielders with his form this season.

He has scored nine goals and assisted eight others in 29 games for the Eredivisie side, including 13 direct contributions in the Dutch first division.

Therefore, he earned his first Under-21 cap for England during the most recent international break.

The newspaper says that Leicester have submitted an enquiry for the teenager, who is valued at £15million. However, they will face a stern battle to sign him.

Brendan Rodgers' Leicester aiming to 'disrupt hierarchy'

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers says his side are aiming to secure European football and break up the established top six in the Premier League.

That is because AC Milan, RB Leipzig and Lille have joined the race.

Rodgers, though, is a long-term admirer of Madueke, having tried to sign him while at Celtic.

At the time, the player was in Tottenham‘s youth ranks, but he bravely chose to move to the Netherlands at the age of 16 in search of a clearer pathway to first-team football.

Madueke’s exciting rise at PSV

Noni Madueke PSV

Madueke has fulfilled his goal of finding regular football; after moving to PSV in the summer of 2018, he earned promotion to the first team last season.

He made four Eredivisie appearances before the coronavirus lockdown, which shunted his chances of progression.

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However, he began the current campaign in style with two assists in a 39-minute stint and has not looked back since.

Meanwhile, Leicester consolidated third place in the Premier League table on Monday with a comeback win over Crystal Palace.

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