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Leicester City confirm arrival of Norwich City midfielder James Maddison

Leicester City have confirmed that they have agreed a deal to sign Norwich City midfielder James Maddison for an undisclosed fee.

Earlier this month, it was claimed that Southampton had agreed a fee for the playmaker, only for Leicester to quickly match the Saints’ bid and emerge as favourites to sign the young Englishman.

Negotiations quickly progressed to an advanced stage and the Foxes are now in a position to announce the acquisition of the 21-year-old on a five-year contract.

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Leicester confirm £24m signing of Norwich star James Maddison after beating Southampton to deal

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Foxes swoop to land rising England Under-21 star with fellow midfielder Riyad Mahrez increasingly linked with move away to Manchester City

LEICESTER City have confirmed the signing of Norwich City midfielder James Maddison for a fee of £24m.

The England Under-21 international completed his medical on Monday before putting pen to paper on a deal at the King Power Stadium.

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James Maddison started his career with Coventry City

The 21-year-old scored 15 goals in 49 games for Championship outfit Norwich last season and is widely viewed as one of the most promising players outside of the top division.

Southampton and Everton had been linked with the former Coventry City attacker who joined the Canaries in 2016.

Leicester were also said to be interested in Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish but Maddison was always their first choice.

He becomes Claude Puel’s third signing this summer following the arrival of defenders Ricardo Pereira and Jonny Evans.

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His capture provides attacking midfield cover if Riyad Mahrez ends up moving to Manchester City – although the two clubs are currently haggling over an agreed transfer fee.

Leicester finished last season ninth in the Premier League, with a number of their remaining title winners from 2016 expected to start moving on.

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Norwich eye Premier League youngster as possible Maddison replacement

Championship duo Norwich City and Birmingham City are both keen to sign Chelsea youngster Kasey Palmer on loan this summer.

According to the Daily Mail, the two clubs have joined Sheffield United in expressing an interest in the player.

Palmer spent the second half of last season on loan at Derby County after struggling with injuries.

The England youth international started last season on loan at Huddersfield, but injuries prevented him from making an impact.

The midfielder played a key role in Huddersfield’s promotion to the Premier League but missed out on the chance to make a mark in the top flight.

Birmingham have been tracking the player for some time, after expressing an interest in him during the previous January window.

With James Maddison closing in on a move to Leicester City, Norwich will be in the market for a creative midfielder to fill the void that the Englishman will leave.

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Norwich not planning to let midfielder leave

Norwich City are not willing to cash in on midfielder Ben Godfrey this summer, despite reports.

According to The EDP, Norwich are planning to keep hold of Godfrey and make him a key player next season.

This comes after speculation that a number of clubs are interested in Godfrey, for a fee in the region of £3m.

West Brom, Crystal Palace and Swansea are thought to be keen on the holding midfielder.

Norwich have already cashed in on Josh Murphy and Marley Watkins, with James Maddison also closing in on his move to Leicester.

Godfrey starred for Shrewsbury last season as they made their way to the League One play-off final – only to lose 2-1 to Rotherham.

He was named man of the match in their FA Cup tie with Premier League side West Ham, which brought him to the attention of many.

Norwich’s only arrival of the summer thus far has been Emi Buendia from Getafe.

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So long Madders. Now who steps up for Norwich City?

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PUBLISHED: 11:50 20 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:54 20 June 2018

Moritz Leitner is touted with a return as James Maddison gets ready to depart Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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James Maddison’s pending Premier League move to Leicester City opens up a vacancy as Norwich City’s new creator-in-chief.

To call Maddison a tough act to follow is akin to stating the Canaries struggled in front of goal last season. A statement of the obvious. But sourcing an alternative to a young midfielder who topped the assists and goals charts at Carrow Road will test sporting director Stuart Webber and head coach Daniel Farke.

The question is, does the answer already lie in the building?

Is it too soon for Todd Cantwell to make the same meteoric progress as Maddison over the next season or does Steven Naismith get brought back in from the cold.

Can Emi Buendia or Onel Hernandez offer something more direct in that advanced central role behind a lone striker. Farke certainly believes Hernandez can be deployed infield, while Buendia has been bought to provide options right across the park?

Perhaps Kenny McLean’s versatility mark him out as a viable alternative or is a return for Moritz Leitner the short term answer?

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Wolves defender wanted by Sunderland, Brighton and Norwich City this transfer window – reports

Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Cameron John is reportedly on the radar of three clubs as he approaches the final year of his contract.

Brighton and Hove Albion, Sunderland and Norwich City all want to sign the centre-back, 18, according to HITC Sport.

John, who can play in the middle or on the left-hand side of defence, impressed for Scott Sellars’ Under-23s last term but his path to the first team is blocked by plenty of competition for places.

Wolves are said to be reluctant to lose John who was also linked with Premier League clubs last year having impressed scouts, however it is claimed they are expecting offers.

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It is said that Sunderland’s interest would come in the form of a potential loan move.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s Championship title winners last month moved to sign Willy Boly on a permanent deal for around £10million from Porto after the central defender impressed on loan.

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The Frenchman scored three times in 37 appearances in old gold as the club cruised to the summit of the division, winning the league by nine points to secure a top-flight return

Wolves also have Conor Coady, Ryan Bennett, Roderick Miranda and Danny Batth as central defensive options.

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Jack Wilshere has announced he has rejected Arsenal’s contract offer and will become a free agent at the end of the month, sparking a scramble for his services.

The Wolves-linked midfielder posted a long message on his official Instagram page detailing his reasons why he was calling time on his long career with the North London outfit.

He revealed that in discussions with Unai Emery had come to understand his first team opportunities would be extremely limited – even though he had agreed to take a pay cut to stay on.

His statement said he will take time to consider his next move – Wolves are just one of several clubs, in this country and abroad who are thought to be interested in a player who has

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Norwich should use Maddison talks to secure transfer of Leicester's international champion

Maddison is expected to complete a move from Norwich City to Leicester City.

Leicester City‘s reportedly imminent capture of Norwich City’s James Maddison is probably not the news one Foxes youngster was hoping to hear.

Harvey Barnes – who excelled in loan spells with MK Dons and Barnsley and helped England to Toulon Tournament success last summer – has only played 220 minutes of first team football since Leicester recalled him from the latter club in January.

And the arrival of Maddison – who will complete a £24 million move to the King Power Stadium on Tuesday, according to the Sun – would leave his chances of a sustained run in the Foxes‘ side looking slim.

Another temporary spell in the Championship could beckon if Barnes fails to break into Claude Puel’s plans – and that is something which would surely appeal to Norwich.

The Canaries have also sold Marley Watkins and Josh Murphy in Barnes’ position this summer, and may wish to add Matt Jarvis and Yanic Wildschut to that exodus – leaving behind just Onel Hernandez and Emiliano Buendia as options there.

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And when you consider that Barnes – who is likely to earn far less than Jarvis and Wildschut – registered seven more combined goals and assists (nine) in three fewer second tier outings (23) than Wildschut last season – of which Jarvis missed the entirety – Norwich could do worse than to ask for him as Maddison’s replacement.

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How Harry Kane went from a Norwich City loan flop to a World Cup superstar with England

PUBLISHED: 11:46 19 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:19 19 June 2018

Harry Kane claims for a penalty during Norwich City’s FA Cup humiliation against Luton in January 2013 Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Harry Kane is the most popular man in England at the moment but it’s tough for Norwich City fans to avoid a rueful laugh when watching the World Cup success of the former Canaries loanee. England captain Harry Kane celebrates his World Cup group stage winner against Tunisia Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The Tottenham striker is the man everyone is talking about after his brace earned the Three Lions a much needed 2-1 win in their tournament opener against Tunisia in Russia.

Kane became the first player to ever score an injury-time winner for England at a World Cup, sparking wild celebrations at homes and pubs around the country with his late header – proving his predatory instincts once again.

It led to some City fans changing their social media profile pictures to photos of the Spurs superstar in a Norwich shirt, with a healthy dollop of irony on top.

As Canaries fans know all too well, England’s captain endured an unsuccessful loan spell in Norfolk during 2012-13, failing to score in five appearances which were badly disrupted by a broken bone in his foot.

Of course he has since gone on to become the main man for club and country, scoring 108 goals in 150 Premier League games for Tottenham. Indeed his England brace on Monday night took him to a remarkable 48 goals in 54 games for the campaign.

However, Kane did show what he was capable of in a Norwich shirt back in December 2012 – when he lit up the club’s Colney training ground with a match-winning performance as he made his way back to fitness.

Then City boss Chris Hughton had used his connections at Spurs, where he spent most of his playing career, to bring the highly rated forward to Norfolk on a season-long loan in the final hours of

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Norwich City A-Z: You don’t have to win on opening day…. but it helps

PUBLISHED: 17:29 18 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:29 18 June 2018

Wes Hoolahan celebrates his goal at Wigan on the opening day of the 2011-12 season Picture: Paul Chesterton

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On the eve of the big reveal – the new season’s fixture list – it is appropriate that I is for Ipswich. Norwich ‘keeper Michael Theoklitos misses the ball for the first of Colchester’s seven goals in 2009 Picture: Archant

How loud would the explosion be if City were given the old enemy on opening day?

It won’t happen, because that is not the way the fixture compiler’s brain works. And frankly, it’s perhaps not the very best use of the opening day excitement.

Whenever City play Ipswich, excitement mounts so what’s the point of playing them on a day when we are all in a hyped-up mood anyway, having gone without our fix of Championship football for all of three months?

No, much better to leave the derby to one of those dull periods of the season, the down times.

Mark Robins – scorer of two goal at Arsenal Picture: Archant

Looking at the home and away derby fixtures there is no real pattern, although in two of the last three seasons City have been in the Championship we have seen games nice and early in the campaign.

So, who knows what City will get tomorrow: home, away, tough or not? Most will say it matters little because you play everyone twice, but there may be something to be said for an ‘easier’ start… just depends on who you consider to be easier teams.

Thing is, opening day results don’t always give you a good idea of what is to follow. However, opening days haven’t been kind: City have won only three of the last 20, drawn seven and lost 10.

But their best finishes, irrespective of their division, have come in a season which they started without winning.

Steven Naismith celebrates after scoring City’s fourth goal at Blackburn in 2016 Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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