In Focus: West Ham unlikely to make a move to sign James Maddison this month

According to the reliable @ExWHUemployee on Twitter, West Ham United haven’t made a £12m bid for Norwich City attacking midfielder James Maddison, rated at £20m by his club, contrary to a report from The Guardian on Thursday.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Guardian reported that the Irons had launched a £12m offer after Irons boss David Moyes watched the talented 21-year-old in action against Chelsea in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge last week.

However, @ExWHUemployee denies this is the case, and even goes further by saying Moyes wasn’t impressed with what he saw from the Championship starlet.

Meanwhile, the Evening Standard reported earlier this month that Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Manchester City and Leicester City are also all interested in Maddison, who would cost at least £20m if he was to leave Carrow Road this month.

How has Maddison done this season?

The former Coventry City man has been hugely impressive in a central attacking midfield role for Norwich, scoring eight goals and providing a further eight assists in 31 appearances in all competitions.

The 21-year-old has good feet and according to WhoScored.com, two of his main strengths are his ability to make key passes and his dribbling, which is backed up by the fact that he has made 70 key passes and successfully completed 52 of the 77 take-ons he has attempted in 26 Championship outings this season.

Could Moyes change his mind?

It seems unlikely this month given the transfer window slams shut on Wednesday and with Inter Milan’s Joao Mario on the verge of signing, but the Scot could choose to revisit a potential deal for the 21-year-old in the summer if no other Premier League team snaps him this month.

There is no doubt that Maddison has the talent and potential to make an impact in the top flight, and Moyes will likely be keeping close tabs on his progress over the course of the rest of the season.

Fans will be disappointed that they aren’t ready to make a move for a top young English talent though, especially after seeing how well someone like Dele Alli has done at Tottenham previously.