Norwich City complete late deadline day deal with signing of James Maddison from Coventry City
23:19 01 February 2016
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.
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