Everton are looking to replace Wayne Rooney with Norwich City’s James Maddison, according to the Mirror.
Maddison joined the Canaries in 2016 and the 21-year-old was named the club’s Young Player of the Season and was nominated for the Championship’s award as well.
The versatile midfielder racked up 14 goals and eight assists last season in a fine campaign for the youngster.
According to the report in the Mirror, Everton’s new boss Marco Silva is looking to replace Wayne Rooney who will likely head to the USA, and Norwich want £25million for their man.
However, Everton are offering £18million plus add-ons and they are facing competition from Leicester City and Fulham for his signature.
Anyone touted as a replacement for Wayne Rooney must possess serious talent, even if England’s record goalscorer is nearing the end of his career.
Maddison had a fantastic season for Norwich and it is no surprise that top-flight clubs are interested as he looks a real gem.
Clubs will be hoping he can replicate others who have enjoyed success making a big move to the Premier League like Dele Alli and Chris Smalling, and Maddison is showing the qualities to succeed at the top level.
Comfortable as a central midfielder, attacking midfielder or winger, Maddison averages 2.8 key passes per game and 2.6 shots per game which shows his willingness to get forward and influence the game.
The money being talked about is a lot for a player with one good season to his name, but Maddison looks like he could make the jump with ease and be a star for England and Everton for the coming years.
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