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Norwich City complete late deadline day deal with signing of James Maddison from Coventry City

23:19 01 February 2016

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Coventry City's James Maddison (left) and Crewe Alexandra's Billy Bingham battle for the ball during a Sky Bet League One match at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire.

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Norwich City have signed young Coventry City midfielder James Maddison in a late transfer deadline day deal for an undisclosed fee.

The highly-rated 19-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal, with City retaining the option for a further year, and will return to the Sky Blues on loan for the remainder of the campaign.

Canaries boss Alex Neil said: “We’re delighted to sign James as he is a fantastic prospect who has already made a mark at Coventry at such a young age.

“He has real potential to develop, making this deal one we’re really pleased to get over the line.

“James will return to on loan Coventry for the rest of the season to continue his development before joining up with us on a full-time basis in the summer.”

Maddison has previously been linked with moves to Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur but instead becomes City’s eighth signing of a busy January transfer window.

“I’ve been working hard towards achieving this goal and I’m delighted to be signing for a club the size and stature of Norwich,” Maddison added, speaking to City’s website.

“They are a club moving in the right direction and I’m looking forward to progressing my career there after finishing this season at Coventry.”

The youngster has progressed through the academy of his hometown club since the age of seven, before signing professional terms in November 2014.

After making his debut as a 17-year-old the attacking midfielder has gone on to make 31 appearances for the League One club, scoring four goals – where he is currently playing alongside young Canaries winger Jacob Murphy.

The deal for the playmaker, which is still subject to approval from the relevant football governing bodies, was one the Sky Blues thought very carefully about.

“We’re sad to see James leave the club but wish him all the best for the future,” Coventry executive vice-chairman Chris Anderson told his club’s official website.

“It was with great reluctance that we accepted Norwich’s offer but the deal provides a level of revenue which will help the club grow in the future to build a successful squad beyond the rest of this season.

“It was imperative from both the club’s and James’ perspective that he see out the rest of the season with us and help us in our push for promotion.

“Now, a Coventry City academy graduate has the chance to showcase his skills at the top level of the game, and that is something the club can be very proud of.

“Also, on a human level, we didn’t want to stand in the way of James’ potential career progression and deny him the chance to play in the Premier League.”

With the deal being announced shortly after the 11pm transfer deadline had passed, Canaries chief executive David McNally subsequently took to Twitter to confirm that the deal was the club’s final business of the window.

How pleased are you with City’s busy transfer window? Leave your comments below.

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40 comments

  • SO far off the mark dingo. Hope you enjoyed The Glass House. Cheapo drinkies hey. Decent breakfasts, but that's all IMO, now rather tired and in need of a pep up. No dogs allowed presumably. Conspicuous by your absence on the 0-3 board.

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • Not too bad, The Glass House, for a JDW. Though I prefer the Wigan Pen just around the corner. As ever, confined by circumstance to listen on Partridge. A tad depressing atm. At least Sunderland & B'mouth are also losing and Villa have had Ayew sent off.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • And, as Tommy leaves his office sort of near Bonds, close to where the Steam Packet and the Shirehall once were and the Woolpack still is, El Dingo sallies forth to meet his mates in The Glasshouse. Come on you Yellows!

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • Keep that under your Beanie. Gotta go, laterz

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • Tommy, surely the most sensible thing to do would be to ban the half a dozen or so people you don't like on the Boards? I don't mind if you ban me. Really. My Football Writer's much better anyway. Laterz my butt.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • Oh Tommy you don't all work for the same Company? I'd never believe you, let alone guess who the Company might be, he he he he!

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • What a brilliant bit of work from Alex.how did he manage to persuade Maddison to sign for us.the lad is a absolute diamond,he has got everything.could be one of our best signings since hucks. Congratulations ncfc.

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    bluelight

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • Hi el dingo. The owners of those forum usernames will be laughing from afar. Just come out and ask what you've been wanting to do. I'll give you an honest answer. Perhaps tommy-morrow though, pre-match entertainment has begun. Wrap up, Beanie on, it could get chilly. Laterz. OTBC

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • Tommy: I did not say ALL posters go to games, but quite a few you like to pick on for not wearing yellow and green blinkers do, including me. As I have said before, not everybody has the time or money to go away as much as you do, but I admire you for your commitment nonetheless. I will always acknowledge a sensible post from anybody, whether they be yourself, Dr Goretex, Steady On, Comrade whatever or just plain old Splendidbrush (might have got one of those wrong but i doubt it). Just accept that everyone supports the Club in their own way, doesn't always fall for the PR spin and occasional no-shows, disasters etc and all will be sweetness and light. Toys back in and let's beat Spurs and stop bickering. As one of your "colleagues" says, don't get into a tete-a-tete with Tommy. But I quite like to, cos when it's civilised it's enjoyable banter. Something you are very good at.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • ncfc have spent a few quid but its too late again. bad pre -season planning has left us in a bad position. only way is down from here. same old players out tonight so new signings will not get a game till end of febuaryplay the same old team who put us in a bad situation

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    AOTWAY@BTINTERNET.COM

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • Well, el dingo, like you I cannot, under any circumstances, contemplate the notion of actually wanting our team to lose. Even in the dingiest days of Hughton I couldn't wish up a defeat just to see it hasten his departure. What we have here is the juxtaposition of petty totalitarianism and a little free thought. .."happy to defend all (the club's) follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority"... I remember all too well The One who stridently forbad any criticism of the aforementioned Chrissie... It would be marvellous to see us grab a shock 3 points tonight. Fingers crossed.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • Bicester Canary right on beam with his comments. This club has been screaming out for a manager with the long view who will take us over time to a new level of football attainment and turn us into a big(ger) club. The boardroom shake out combined with DM's excellence and AN.s close involvement enabled us to have a wonderful window. Cannot wait for Naismith of Norwich to get into his stride!

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    mardler

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • Ooops, forgot poor Ivo.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • el dingo, I thought you were no longer acknowledging me? The Custard is Busted and all that. Nice to hear from you though. How's geezer? More or fewer? And seriously, you think all the posters go to games . . . . that's made me giggle. Of course were all fans together. Arm in arms. One vision, one goal ! Enjoy the game tonight.

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • Good to see some for now, some for the future. For now, we have the CB most folk wished for, some quality in ver final furd in Naismith and a different sort of striking option in Bamford. Now to assemble the best team, tune it up and get some points on the board. ITMIT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • Very impressed with this window but what is the best thing for me is the intent Alec has for the future of our club not putting his own future first of course I realise that both go hand in hand but previous incumbent's were more interested in there own future ( the grass is not always greener) now the dust has settled I thought that we played well against Liverpool for most of the game, conceded a goal against the run of play turn it round to 3:1 up very impressed even after the gaffs to equalise in the manner we did for me showed great character of course disappointed in the end but for me if we can cut out the silly defensive mistakes we will be ok OTBC

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    Bicester canary

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • cutty

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • Only way I can see the comments.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • It seems AN or possibly NA is scouting around for up and coming youngsters for the future which we all hope bodes well for the club. Tonight's team selection will indeed be interesting and I look forward to seeing a good game. In many respects we also saw that against Liverpool but left very disappointed because we threw away 3 points to start with and then could not hang onto one late on. However, neither that or tonight's games will keep us up or relegate us but we need an upset or two to go our way to ensure we get enough points on the board. A spirited performance is what we all want to see with total effort, no heads dropping etc. Lets all get behind the boys tonight, it really does make a difference.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • Job well done to me this January, nice work Alex and the board. We secured Jarvis, added quality to our squad with Naismith, Pinto and Klose, brought Bamford in on loan. hopefully we can purchase him andor Mbokani at the end of the season.. and we have signed 3 youngsters with a clear intent to blood them into the squad maybe next season, or the season after. I am especially excited about Maddison, he reminds me of a young Gazza on the ball, if we can stay up and he can gain more physical strength this year he could be our star find next season.. lets hope Godfrey and Ebou are as just as good.... COYY

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    jops

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • Tommy: "Most are waiting for us to lose tonight just to get some digs in on the forums tomorrow"? I hope you are excluding every single City fan in the ground tonight - you're not the only poster who goes to matches - from that sweeping statement. Sure Spurs are awesome this season but to me that just points to a better match to watch and if we beat them it makes the achivement even better. See you there, tho not at Villa unfortunately.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • I'm absolutely delighted with our business during the window - quality reinforcements throughout the whole park, whilst also keeping one eye on the future with some young British Talent. Pitney..I also read that Times article and day dreamt about signing this lad - a real coup for our club. A big thumbs up from me to both our management and board for all their hard work..now, back to business and 3pts tonight please!

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    Irish canary

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • Spending netting us four for the present and three for the future (don't forget Adams, the lad from Dartford as well) is well good and for once shows some ambition, so credit where it is due and well done to McNally and the Board. Looking forward to seeing Klose tonight and the team selection will be very interseting.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • Kristafa, no doubting on that. It's a real pity we're lumbered with glass half empty supporters never willing to change their outlook on life at Carrow Road. Most are waiting for us to lose tonight just to get some digs in on the forums tomorrow. It's sad, so very sad. See you at The Villa !

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • Where are all the pissimests this morning. Damn, can't find my dictionary. Be back later.

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    61canarie

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • Very good transfer window for Little Old Norwich. Well done A.N. Players to keep us up and young prospects for next season. Feeling very positive. Stuff the Spurs tonight. O.T.B.C.

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    61canarie

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • Thank god for PutneyCanary and Derby Canary ,,, however I am sure the usual suspects will be on shortly to depress me !

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    Kristafa

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • Wow almost 25m in the window. Some will want a moanew about haller, the board, the world being round etc. However I'm looking forward to the run in. As someone else said (Irish I think) we'll turn one of the big boys over and probably need 13-15 more points... so beating Sunderland here villa and Swansea away means 4 draws. Not the impossible task and AN is much more cavalier than CH was. A point tonight will be a good start but I'll take the performance first and 3 on Saturday

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    DerbyCanary

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • Some seeing James Maddison as the new Hoolihan. With one big difference: he can use both feet. A good buy for the longer term. Looks like AN is working towards building a squad for the future. If we do go down then I think we may well see some of these youngsters including a few of our own like Toffolo and at least one of the Murphys being drafted in in place of the "old guard".

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • Absolutely delighted with this signing. Looks to be a real prospect. I was reading an article in The Times just a couple of days ago that was commenting on how Delle Ali's performances have made some big clubs wake up to the potential young British gems in the lower leagues. It referenced this lad as one of them and said Liverpool had been looking at him. I remember thinking to myself that we wouldn't even be in the race to get one of the named prospects. A very welcome surprise indeed. I suspect he's cost us a few quid too - I'd guess at least £4m (in instalments and with add-ons). Just a quick word for Delia and the Board too. They get a lot of stick on here from a lot of people. Of course, the club is not perfect (if it was, we'd be winning the CL every year) but some real credit has to go to them for backing Neil in this window. And with signings like this, we're even starting to look like we can think and act like a "bug" club.

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    PutneyCanary

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • I am really looking forward to seeing the defensive lin-up tomorrow, and even more so, how that line-up performs. I think we have the attack now to score some goals, although they also need to take on defensive responsibilities in set pieces and when defenders come forward. Should be an exciting and nail-biting run-in.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • Smart clubs engage in 'succession planning': identifying the key individuals, assessing their longevity and securing their replacements before they leave. Our 'for the future' signings in this window look to me like our midfield '2.0'. Is this lad the new Hoolahan? And perhaps Godfrey the new Tettey? This, plus the major additions to the first team squad should keep the naysayers quiet for a while. Well, at least until we ship a hatful to Spurs ;)

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    Ruddy Hell

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • The new Dele Alli reports are saying and signed when it was assumed that he would go to Liverpool or Spurs, now that is ambition. Now let's get this party started.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • A really sensible signing .If the worst was to happen say we get relegated .Coming here would still be a step up for the lad in a championship promotion campaign. It's a win win situation for him & us .Hopefully he will be a Premiership player next season.

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    spark

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • trev57. Agree on Villa, and Swansea, although their new manager is driving discipline into the existing squad. Sunderland and Bournemouth have done a lot though. It is going to be a real roll of the dice as to whether we stay up. Just hope our attacking options can score one more goal than our defence concedes for enough of the remaining games. Really feel that will be the only way we survive.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • By the looks of this signing he will be wes type player and looks a very good signing. So NCFC way of buying young talent our players gets loaned out to the club the we get a view on their players then buy them for future prospects nice :)

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    NCfan

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • One good thing about this transfer window is lack of major signings by Sunderland, villa, Swansea and Bournemouth, which might give Norwich a bit of an advantage if the new signings work out.

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    trev57

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Interesting, very interesting.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • I heard about this earlier this evening and I am really excited by this one.Check out the videos on youtube.This young lad looks the real deal.Can kick with both feet,takes very good penalties and free kicks.Tricky on the ball and can see a good pass.Very impressed

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    Trevor Sadd

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Some really good signings this transfer window, Steven Naismith being the main one and a real top top player, who can make huge positive impression of the rest of the squad. Timm Klose an absolute must, with the lack of quality in the existing defence, and hopefully Klose can make a big difference. Patrick Bamford has real quality but is yet to prove it at premier league level, but he hasn't really had the chance has he, so lets hope he fulfils his potential over the next few weeks and we can get him on a permanent deal in the summer. Some good young prospects also with Adams & Maddison. Well done to NCFC, better late than never and fingers crossed its not too late to keep us up. OTBC.

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    Beachfarmpark

    Monday, February 1, 2016

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