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Leicester and Southampton competing for Norwich midfielder

Norwich midfielder James Maddison has been given permission to speak to both Leicester City and Southampton after both teams had bids of £24 million accepted by the East Anglian side.

The highly-rated England under-21 international is in high demand after a season which saw him score 14 goals and provide 8 assists in the Championship.

It was Southampton who made the first move for the player, offering £22 million plus add-ons, but that has now been matched by Leicester who, talkSPORT report, are now the favourites to sign him.

Maddison began his career with his home town club of Coventry who sold him to Norwich in 2016. They are closely watching developments because they are due a sell-on fee from whoever eventually signs the midfielder.

Norwich have been forced to sell a number of their assets this summer as they seek to balance the books following their failure to regain their Premier League status they lost in 2016. Already Josh Murphy has been sold to Cardiff City and forward Marley Watkins has left for Bristol City.

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