As reported by The Daily Mail, Southampton have made a move to sign Norwich City midfielder James Maddison this summer, with Everton also credited with an interest in his signature.
The paper say that Saints lead Leicester City in the chase for the 21-year-old, with Everton one of a number of clubs who also hold an interest in bringing him to the English Premier League in 2018/19.
He is valued at around £20m according to the report.
Can Everton ensure they don’t miss out on one of the stand-out homegrown talents in the country?
Few players in the English Championship had a better 2017/18 season and, alongside the likes of recently promoted Ryan Sessegnon, Maddison has emerged as one of the stand-out young prospects in the second-tier.
He scored 14 goals and created 8 assists from attacking midfield in league action, demonstrating that despite being just 21 years of age, he can perform to a high standard on a consistent basis.
A potential future England international, currently part of the nation’s U21 set-up, he’s a talent that could prove to be a bargain in years to come at the reported £20m fee.
Working under a coach like Marco Silva could help him develop even further, and elite English talents are becoming harder to find and more expensive in the transfer market.
Now is the time to move for him and the Toffees should ensure that Southampton, or any other Premier League sides beat them to the player’s signature this summer.
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