West Ham have not made any bids for Norwich City midfielder James Maddison despite a recent report claiming a bid had been tabled, according to a club insider.
Twitter account ExWHUemployee, who has established themselves as a reliable source of information surrounding the Hammers, delivered the critical update on Thursday evening, after the Guardian had reported that a £12million offer had been made to the Canaries for the 21-year-old.
Just checked we have not made an offer for Maddison ????
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) January 25, 2018
The report had stated that while the Hammers had made an official move for the midfield maestro’s signing, the Championship side were looking for more money with a host of Premier League sides interest in the the youngster, who has scored seven goals and chipped in with five assists in 26 appearances this season.
Football Insider verdict
While this insider report reveals that the club might not have tabled an official bid, there could still well be some firm interest in the Hammers snapping up Maddison this month. He has been a shining light for Norwich in the Championship and it appears there are several sides willing to offer him the opportunity to make the step up, but the Canaries seem to be digging their heels in over his price tag. They obviously do not want to be losing their star talent for less than he is worth, and with so many clubs interested in his signing, they could try and instigate a bidding war to drive up the price. Meanwhile David Moyes is known to be seeking some midfield reinforcements, so this might be one to watch out for.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club are looking at snapping up a £25million rated striker available for £5million in January.