Tottenham will rival Manchester United for James Maddison’s signature after making him their No1 target to replace Christian Eriksen.
Eriksen looks set to leave Tottenham after refusing to sign a new contract, having made it clear during the summer that he wanted to find a new club
The Danish midfielder is in the final year of his contract and so can leave for nothing next summer – meaning Spurs will likely look to cash in on him in the January transfer window.
But Tottenham will face competition for the 22-year-old, who does not have a buy-out clause in his contract, with United believed to be confident of completing a £60m deal to take him to Old Trafford.
Maddison, one of the most exciting attacking midfielders in the English game, has helped fire Leicester up to third place in the embryonic Premier League table with two goals in seven games so far this season.
He has been linked with United for some time as he perfectly fits the young, homegrown profile of player coveted by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he looks to turn his Red Devils squad back into genuine Premier League contenders.
But Tottenham have also showed strong interest in Maddison, who joined Leicester from Norwich for £20m in June 2018 and provided the most assists in the top flight last season.
Spurs decided against making a bid this summer in the hope of persuading Eriksen to commit to the club – but with the 27-year-old Dane now set to leave, boss Mauricio Pochettino views Maddison as a natural replacement.
It remains to be seen whether Spurs can compete with United in terms of wages, while doubts remain about the future of Pochettino himself amid constant speculation he is nearing the end of his time with the club.
There has been no suggestion that Maddison wants to leave Leicester, but sources close to him insists he is fiercely ambitious and wants to be playing for a Champions League team on a regular basis.
Leicester, of course, are currently higher in the Premier League table than both United and Tottenham, and will hope to secure Champions League football themselves.