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Leicester bring in promising England U21 talent James Maddison

By Joshua Bunting

Leicester City have completed the signing of England Under-21 international midfielder James Maddison from Norwich City.

Maddison opted to move to the Foxes instead of Southampton, who were also interested in his services, as he is closer to his family based home in Coventry.

The deal is initially worth £22million, but the final fee could rise to £24m due to clauses in the deal.

Maddison said: "I had a good chat with the manager about football and how he wants me to play, how he likes to play and I was sold.

"We talked about the type of player I am, how I'm going to fit into his style of play and everything sounded really promising. I haven't looked back since that phone call.

Foxes boss Claude Puel added: "James is a wonderful player who is one of the most exciting young talents in English football. He made a big contribution to Norwich City last season and I'm delighted that he has decided to make the step up to the Premier League with Leicester."

Fulham, Everton and West Ham were also understood to have been interested in Maddison, while he had also been scouted by top-four Premier League clubs Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City.

The 21-year-old scored 15 goals in 49 games last season for the Canaries in the Sky Bet Championship.

Puel has already been active in the transfer market with the additions of Jonny Evans and Portuguese defender Ricardo Pereira.

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