LEICESTER are pushing Southampton all the way as the Premier rivals go head-to-head over signing Norwich’s James Maddison.
SunSport can reveal the Foxes have agreed a £24million package with Norwich, including add-ons for the 21-year-old Canaries Player of the Year, after Saints agreed a similar deal yesterday.
However it now looks like Claude Puel is in the driving seat after his 11th hour bid frustrated Mark Hughes’ attempts to complete a deal last night.
Leicester have been long-time favourites to sign the former Coventry kid, whose family still live in the Midlands.
Yet it looked as if Southampton had beaten them to the punch when the Foxes dithered over the last 24 hours, allowing Saints to gain the upper-hand last night.
However Leicester are now pulling out all the stops to try and get the deal over the line for the England Under-21 star who made more key passes last season than Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.
Manager Claude Puel believes Maddison is the perfect foil for Jamie Vardy and has urged the Foxes recruitment team to get the deal across the line.
Maddison will now spend the next 24 hours weighing up his options as the Premier rivals scrap over signing one of the most talented midfielders to come out of the Championship for years.
His stock soared in January when it was revealed he had created 54 chances for Norwich – more than any player in the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1
Since then it has just been a matter of time before the Canaries’ prized asset stepped up to the Premier League where a clutch of clubs are battling for the signature of one of England’s top young talents.