Leicester City are battling to keep hold of James Maddison as Tottenham Hotspur step up their interest in signing the midfielder, reports The Daily Express.

The 22-year-old moved to the Foxes from Norwich City in the summer and has made an impressive start to life in the Premier League including a number of set-piece strikes.

Maddison has made 23 league appearances, scoring five goals and registering four assists since switching to Leicester.

That has reportedly alerted Tottenham, who remain on the lookout for midfield reinforcements in the close season.

Having sold Mousa Dembele in January and failed in their pursuit of Aston Villa man Jack Grealish in the summer, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will look elsewhere.

The Express claims Tottenham are also actively looking for replacements for Christian Eriksen, who could leave before his contract expires next summer.

Maddison has a contract with Leicester until 2023, so the Foxes – who do not want him to leave – would nevertheless be able to command a significant fee if Tottenham’s interest is genuine.

They signed him for £24 million in the summer and be looking to do business for a higher amount unless Spurs were prepared to offer the East Midlands clubs players in exchange.

And Tottenham are understood to be long-time admirers of Maddison, who they first took an interest in when he was playing for Coventry City.

One other consideration for Spurs is that signing him would boost the number of home-grown players on their books and enable Pochettino to have more options at his disposal.


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