Fulham are among a host of clubs competing to sign Norwich City midfielder James Maddison, according to a Daily Mirror report this afternoon.
The Premier League new boys are eager to strengthen their squad ahead of the new campaign and Maddison, who starred for the Canaries during his Championship breakthrough season this year, is reportedly on Slavisa Jokanovic’s radar. Fulham will face stiff competition for the England under-21 international’s signature with a number of top flights sides, including Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City, have been linked with a move for Maddison over the past year.
The 21 year-old Maddison scored fourteen goals and contributed eight assists for the Carrow Road side this term as they finished fourteen in the Championship and firmly established himself as one of the divison’s most promising young talents. The Mirror suggests that Norwich could be keen to cash in on Maddison as the club’s four-year Premier League parachute payments have now come to an end. Maddison, who five goals in 35 appearances for Coventry between 2013 and 2016, won’t come cheap, however, with Norwich reportedly valuing their young prospect at between £20 and £25m. The paper claims that with a number of long-term admirers not tabling a firm offer for Maddison, the likes of Fulham and Southampton may be in a strong position to secure his services this summer.
Norwich’s aim may well be to begin a bidding war between some of the Premier League’s leading lights in the hope of receiving a big offer for Maddison, who has won three under-21 caps for England. Fulham and Jokanovic are known to be keen to recruit creative midfielders to provide serious competition for captain Tom Cairney, who battled a serious knee injury for much of last season.