‘Too good an offer to turn down’ - James Maddison seals Leicester City move
Norwich City player-of-the-year James Maddison has completed his club record move to former Premier League champions Leicester City.
Maddison has signed a five-year-deal with the Foxes for an undisclosed fee - reported to be worth up to £24m to the Canaries with a series of potential add ons.
The England Under-21 international’s former club, Coventry City, will be due a proportion of the multi-million pound transfer as part of a sell-on fee negotiated when Maddison originally moved to Carrow Road in 2016.
But the total financial package - the largest ever Championship transfer deal for a player yet to feature in the top flight - smashes Norwich’s previous club record set when Alex Pritchard left for Huddersfield Town in January 2018.
Maddison underwent a medical and finalised personal terms on Monday, after the Canaries accepted a bid from Leicester over the weekend.
Premier League rivals Southampton were the only other club to make a firm offer despite fevered speculation linking Maddison with a number of top flight clubs.
City’s sporting director Stuart Webber, speaking to the club’s official site, said: “We would like to wish James well in his move to the Premier League and we are sure he will be a success.
“We have been fortunate to watch James turn from a boy into a man in a football sense and when this opportunity came up it was too good for him to turn down.
“Obviously we’re disappointed to lose a player of James’ quality and character but, with our financial position well-documented, in the end it was too good an offer to turn down.
“To achieve a record transfer fee for a player moving to the Premier League from the Championship who hasn’t previously played in the Premier League is a testament to James, his team mates and Daniel Farke, who has put so much trust in James.
“James would be the first to admit that without a coach who put as much faith in him as Daniel did, he wouldn’t be making this dream move.
“It’s now time to look forward. The fixtures are out on Thursday and we have time to make sure we assemble as strong a squad as possible for Daniel to have a successful season and to build on the last 12 months.”
Maddison notched 14 goals in 42 league games for Norwich last season but the end of Premier League parachute payments made it inevitable the Canaries would have to cash in on their prized asset.
City have had a busy 10 days with Josh Murphy joining Premier League new boys Cardiff City and Marley Watkins ending his difficult spell in Norfolk with a move to Championship rivals Bristol City on Friday.
Getafe playmaker Emi Buendía is the only new arrival so far at Carrow Road since the end of last season.