Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly leading the race to sign James Maddison form Norwich City, with Liverpool close behind the London outfit, according to reports. The 21-year-old has been impressive for Championship side Norwich City this season and his fine form has attracted the attention of the giants from the Premier League.
The midfielder has been in scorching form for Daniel Farke’s side this season, scoring 8 goals and registering 5 assists in the English second division. He scored the winner in the in their last game at promotion hopefuls Bristol City.
Spurs were tracking Maddison even before he joined the Canaries from Coventry in February 2016 but they face competition from Liverpool, Manchester City and Leicester City, as per Evening Standard. The 21-year-old moved to Carrow Road from Coventry City on the deadline day of the 2016 January transfer window. He signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the Canaries and was immediately loaned back to the Ricoh Arena.
The report adds that Norwich are keen on retaining the player beyond this month and are hopeful of not losing Maddison. They would demand at least £20million but are reluctant to sell the midfielder this month after allowing former Spurs winger Alex Pritchard to join Huddersfield.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side remain hopeful of agreeing on a deal with Norwich for Maddison, midway through the season. Tottenham could sign the England Under-21 international in January and loan him back to the Canaries until the end of the 2017/18 season, just like they did with Dele Alli.
Tottenham recently sent promising youngster Marcus Edwards to Norwich and it is believed that the Lilywhites will be the favourites to sign Maddison by the virtue of this.
Poch keeps the record of developing young players into sublime talents and the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli are a testament to his coaching.
Last month, our gaffer suggested that the club needed to sign English players and could do deals in January.
“It’s so important today to identify our targets for next summer,” he said.
“Maybe we need to sign players in January and bring them in six months before. [The Dele Alli deal] is a very good example that you need to anticipate. And today we are at a club that needs to anticipate. We cannot be reactive because if we are, we are going to lose.”
Tottenham seem like the favourites to land the respected young talent that James Maddison is but Liverpool and Manchester City have also been tracking the 21-year-old.
A loan move back to Norwich seems likely if he does leave. If he can follow the same plan as Dele Alli then we surely will be enjoying a top-quality player in the Premier League for the years to come.