Transfer balls: Spurs make James Maddison the ‘new Dele Alli’ by bidding less than Arsenal
This new version of the old Alli is 19-year-old James Maddison, currently on Coventry City’s books. Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Southampton and Newcastle United are also in for him, we’re told. The Times says Spurs will offer Coventry £5m.
But the Mirror says Liverpool are “leading the chase” for his signature, although the Reds will probably just wait for Southampton to buy Maddison and then sign him from there.
The Metro says Arsenal also want Maddison and Coventry “could accept a £10m bid”. The Express agrees, saying that £10m for the “wonderkid” is a fair price.
After so much speculation, we wonder how good he is? The Coventry Telegraph reported a few words from his manager Steven Pressley, back in 2014:
“James typifies what I want to see at this club,” he said. “After the game on Wednesday he was the last player out the dressing room, not because it took him longest to get changed but because he helped Andy Harvey collect the kit and clear up. That’s what it takes at this club – it takes everybody buying into what we are… “
He’s talented and hard-working. No wonder the big clubs want him.