Newcastle United are hoping to make Leicester City's attacking midfielder James Maddison the club's record signing bidding £50M for the England international.
An initial £40M bid that was rejected but the Newcastle hierarchy led by Dan Ashworth upped their bid by £10M after Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers dismissed the first bid saying £40M might buy The Magpies part of Maddison's left leg.
The 25 year-old midfielder scored 18 goals in 53 games for Leicester last season including 12 in The Premier League and a further eight assists in the top flight and it is believed the one-time capped Maddison wants a move to the Geordie club, whom he sees as more upwardly mobile than The Foxes since The Saudi Takeover on Tyneside to improve his chances of making Gareth Southgate's Three Lions World Cup squad.
Leicester are understood to be considering the latest Newcastle bid although it was rumoured they value the player at £60M but are in the position of possessing a European squad on European wages without European football this season and are under pressure to sell players before they can buy to improve their squad.
More on this story as it develops with Newcastle also closing in on a deal for Burnley's Maxwel Cornet, a versatile left-sided winger, forward and wing-back.