Three reasons Southampton must hijack West Ham’s bid to sign James Maddison
According to reports in The Guardian, West Ham United have launched a £12m bid for Norwich City attacking midfielder James Maddison, who is rated at £20m by his club according to the Evening Standard.
Irons boss David Moyes is looking to strengthen his squad before the January transfer window slams shut on Wednesday, and he is keen to sign the highly-rated 21-year-old having watched in action in the Canaries’ FA Cup defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last week.
The Evening Standard says that the Hammers’ Premier League rivals Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Leicester City are also keen on the former Coventry City man, who has been an impressive performer for the Championship side this season.
Meanwhile, Southampton made their first signing of the month when they completed a club-record £19m deal for Monaco striker Guido Carrillo on Thursday, but Mauricio Pellegrino will be looking to further strengthen his team as they are currently lying in the relegation zone.
Saints particularly need some attacking reinforcements given they have only scored 24 goals in their 24 top flight fixtures so far this term, and bringing Maddison to St Mary’s could prove to be a shrewd move.
Here are three reasons Southampton must hijack West Ham’s bid to sign the attacker…