By Russell Edge

1st May, 2018 | 1:36pm

Report: Liverpool given green light to swoop for central goal machine on one condition

Liverpool have been given the green light to sign Norwich City’s midfield goal machine James Maddison on the one condition that they meet the £30million asking clause, according to a report.

The Mirror claim on their website that the Canaries have slapped the mega money price tag on their 21-year-old star amid interest from the Reds and Premier League champions Manchester City this summer, and that they will begrudgingly let their 15-goal man leave if anyone is willing to splash the cash.

Maddison, who can operate as a central or attacking midfielder, has been a mainstay for Norwich this season, with 47 appearances across all competitions, and in addition to his impressive goal haul, also has 11 assists to his name.

He arrived at Carrow Road in 2016 from Coventry City, and has three England under-21 caps under his belt.

Football Insider verdict

The asking price for Maddison is just absurd but no one can blame Norwich for trying to make the most of what looks like an inevitable exit for their youngster. He has had a smashing season but he has not proven himself either long-term, or in the Premier League. There have been so many talents, both domestically and overseas, who have shone in their respective divisions and flopped when arriving in England’s top flight, and while that is not to say Maddison will follow in their footsteps, it is something to be wary of. Still, someone has to meet that big money price tag and there is every chance it will do its job and ward off suitors for now.

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In other Liverpool news, the Reds are working on two midfield goal machine deals with one on the verge of an agreement.

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