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Darts ace and Newcastle United fan Chris Dobey has called for Eddie Howe to make a deadline day swoop for Leicester City playmaker James Maddison.
Dobey is enjoying an incredible few days after winning his first major title, the Masters, on Sunday and then being picked for the Premier League, which begins in Belfast on Thursday. And ‘Hollywood’ is hopeful of more good news before the end of the transfer window for his beloved Magpies, who have been rejuvenated since the appointment of Howe as manager and the takeover by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF).
Newcastle have been linked with Maddison, who is a big darts fan, for some time and at the start of the month Dobey tweeted: “Have we signed @Madders10 yet?”
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Dobey and his fellow Geordies are still waiting and time is running out for a deal to be completed before tonight’s 11pm deadline. As he was quizzed about his Masters success and Premier League selection, Dobey was asked about what business he would like Howe to complete before the deadline.
“I still think we need a striker and I would love to see Maddison there,” he told Sky Sports’ Love The Darts podcast.
“He’s the type of attacking midfielder we’ve been missing. You can’t knock the way Eddie Howe has managed the team this year. He's bought the players in that he wants. He’s not spent silly money like the likes of Chelsea. He’s doing it the right way. I’ll leave to him and I’ll be happy whatever.”
But Dobey is sure Maddison would “love” to join Newcastle given the strides the club has already made under PIF.
He said: “I know he [Maddison] likes his darts. There was talk of Newcastle being interested in him. You don’t know what goes on behind closed doors but he would probably love to join Newcastle, with the way the club is going forward. Who knows, if he does come, it’ll be a great signing.”
Maddison is a keen player and watcher of darts, attending the World Championship and the World Grand Prix, which has been recently been staged in Leicester.
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