By Richard Parks
Everton have been given hope in their pursuit of Norwich City playmaker James Maddison, according to a report.
The Sun claim the Merseysiders are one of the Premier League clubs in the hunt to sign the England Under-21 international in the summer window.
It is said that Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City are also keeping close tabs on Maddison, 21, as they gear up for a big-money race for his signature.
The Sun report that the Norwich midfielder “is certain to leave this summer” and his club have slapped a £25million price tag on his head “knowing it is likely to be met”.
Maddison cost just £2.5m from Coventry two years ago and spent last season on loan at Aberdeen but he has made a huge impact in the current campaign for Daniel Farke’s 13th-placed side, scoring 14 goals and supplying 10 assists in 41 matches in all competitions.
Football Insider verdict:
Given that Maddison has been one of the outstanding players in the Championship this season for a club rooted in mid-table, it is easy to see why Norwich are confident of a mega fee. The rising star is technically gifted, durable and can conjure and score goals. He is also English and young, as well as being tied down to a contract that has three more years to run. Norwich will still be in the second tier next season and selling Maddison could enable them to totally reshape their squad for a new promotion push.
In other Everton transfer news, Madrid giants want to sign Toffees player this summer and are willing to pay an astonishing £40million to get him.