Leicester City have stolen ahead of Everton in the race to seal the signature of Norwich City starlet James Maddison, according to the Daily Mail.
The Mail report that the 2015/16 Premier League winners have agreed a £24m fee for Maddison with the Canaries as they look to freeze out Marco Silva’s Toffees and seal a quick deal for the young English playmaker.
They claim that Everton hold an interest in the Foxes target but have yet to make a formal bid to bring Maddison to Goodison Park and Claude Puel’s side are lining up a medical in the coming days.
They also report that Maddison would move closer to his Coventry roots if he made the switch to the King Power Stadium.
As much as a return to the Midlands may appeal to Maddison from a personal perspective, from a football one, Everton is the better choice.
Marco Silva will look to bring an enterprising, attacking brand of football to Goodison Park and a sharp, young number 10 could make all the difference to a side that will look to play with the ball after the dour style under Sam Allardyce.
Meanwhile, it looks as if Maddison would be a Riyad Mahrez replacement at Leicester. The two are not the same kind of player at all and he may also look at the stagnation of Demarai Gray as another factor to put him off joining the Foxes as a young, English talent.
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