Jack Ross claims to be quite modern and like statistics. The statistics on Maddison are insanely compelling.The fans want Maddison, he wants to join but the important thing is - I don't think the club want him.
As for the board, they are always PR hungry. Methven has to justify his trade/skills - he's not a fucking Chief Executive, so he has to pretend that PR is really important and can have an impact on the bottom line through ticket sales or whatever (well, that's my theory anyway - as to why he keeps banging on about them). Maddison is a massively PR-friendly move because he's genuinely desperate to play for us.
I see no reason why it can't happen other than money. So...