James Maddison expected to be first signing of the summer

Everton remain keen on Norwich city midfielder James Maddison after it became apparent the club could not afford to keep him.

James Maddison, 21, is held in high regard by his current club Norwich who were unable to maintain a push for promotion to the Premier League. The young central midfielder has enjoyed success along with Everton’s Tom Davies, Kieran Dowell and Dominic Calvert-Lewin for England’s u21s team as they were crowned World Cup winners last year.

Norwich were almost reliant of promotion to the Premier League to hold any hope of maintaining their promising youth talent. In the push for further development Maddison is keen to move his career to a more challenging level with a move to a Premier league outfit.

As we understand Marco Silva and Marcel Brands have been busy highlighting possible incomings whilst also moving various squad players on from the club. Silva is very keen to promote a really youthful ethic within the club and believes James Maddison will add something different to what we already have. Brands has already instigated an initial approach for Maddison and a deal could be completed as early as next week.

Everton are also pursuing William Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon with the defensive midfielder handing in a transfer request. Negotiations will not be as straight forward as Sporting are keen to prevent their prize assets leaving the club all at once, with Carvalho a big part of this.

Any potential deal for William Carvalho could take longer to reach than initially expected. Everton don’t wish to enter any drawn out negotiations and won’t pursue the midfielder for longer than necessary.


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