Middlesbrough look like they’ve identified their number one target for the January transfer window.
Reports from Football Insider revealed that the Teessiders were plotting a move for the 26-year-old after a stunning season so far, with Peterborough Today suggesting that Jonathan Woodgate’s side had made an offer.
Maddison has taken League One by storm for the Posh after scoring 10 goals and getting eight assists in 20 games so far this term.
The attacking midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season but has a release clause of £2.5million which could be acvtivated during the January transfer window.
But could the 26-year-old be a good signing? Here are three reasons why Middlesbrough need to get a deal done.
The need for attacking reinforcements
The simplest reasons are often the most convincing.
Middlesbrough’s attacking record has been poor so far this season, and so moving for a player who has scored 10 goals and racked up eight assists is something of a no-brainer.
Maddison would undoubtedly play a big role for Jonathan Woodgate’s side and that has to be a consideration.
A cost-effective deal
He might be out of contract in the summer, but Marcus Maddison is a player that should be signed as soon as possible.
£2.5million for a player who has a proven track record and is entering the prime years of his career is nothing, and certainly wouldn’t represent poor business.
Alternative options would undoubtedly cost more and so matching that release clause should not be a stumbling block.
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Strike early to see off the competition
Middlesbrough could wait until the summer to pursue a free transfer, but that would be a risky game.
Not only could other clubs make a move in January to take Marcus Maddison off the market, but as we move closer to the summer it’s likely that more and more clubs will enter the race.
That would mean that Maddison would be at the centre of a bidding war, and given Middlesbrough’s financial situation, that’s not a game that they’d want to play.