Norwich City midfielder James Maddison has been linked to numerous clubs over the last few months.
Southampton were thought to be in the race for the 21-year-old’s signature, but the coastal club look set to miss out.
On Monday, BBC Sport claimed that Leicester had a bid in the region of £20m accepted by the Canaries.
Since then, speculation has been rife that it is only a matter of time before Maddison is unveiled as a Leicester player.
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The Leicester Mercury reported later on Monday that a big reason why Maddison chose the 2015-16 Premier League champions is on order to be closer to his family in Coventry.
It is easy to see why numerous clubs were in the market for the midfielder given that he scored 15 goals and created 11 assists in all competitions for Norwich last season.
Many Southampton fans felt that the three-capped England Under-21 international would fit in perfectly at St Mary’s.
After widespread reports emerged of Maddison’s impending move to Leicester, Saints fans gave mixed responses.
I find it funny that us and #LCFC both offered 22Million + add ons for Maddison on the same day???♂️
— C A L L U M (@Callumzxzx) June 18, 2018
No point feeling sorry for ourselves, Maddison chose them to be closer to his family just like any normal person would. We offered enough wages etc.. Can’t dither about now, just hope we’ve got back up targets. #saintsfc
— Nathan Thomas (@Nathanthomasj) June 18, 2018
Now the slight flurry of excitement over Maddison has subsided into grief and frustration, can go back to arbitrarily picking transfer targets based on their #WorldCup performance? That’ll cheer us all up. Kim Shin-wook fits the bill for #SWEKOR, or Koo Ja-cheol #saintsfc
— Chris Auckland (@ChrisAuckland) June 18, 2018
— Blake (@BlakeAHampton) June 18, 2018
Good luck to James Maddison I fully understand why he’s chosen Leicester over us. I look forward to watching him next season in the premier league. #saintsfc
— Hasan Tariq (@HasanTariq10) June 18, 2018
Not going to knock the club but surely when we sounded Maddison out we would of asked about moving south,if that’s the issue why bother offering? #saintsfc
— James Knight (@jimmysaint7) June 18, 2018
Let’s be honest, we couldn’t even unveil our new kit properly so there was no chance in completing the Maddison transfer! ?? #saintsfc
— Jon Steele-Mills (@thepump74) June 18, 2018
I must be the only fan not fussed about missing out on Maddison….. yes he has a lot of potential……but so does Boufal…… how has that worked out? ??♂️ #saintsfc
— Craig Justice (@JusticeCraig) June 18, 2018
#saintsfc I think the worry is that we continue to fail on major transfers. Walcott, Promes and now Maddison.
Carrillo was overpriced and no one else wanted him. Sign that we don’t pay the wages for the big players. Where’s the VVD cash ???
— Charlie Mercer (@Charlie_Mercer_) June 18, 2018