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Norwich City pulled out all the stops to swoop for Coventry City starlet James Maddison

06:30 20 February 2016

Norwich City duo James Maddison and Jacob Murphy are starring at Coventry City on loan. Photo: Nick Potts/EMPICS Sport.

Norwich City duo James Maddison and Jacob Murphy are starring at Coventry City on loan. Photo: Nick Potts/EMPICS Sport.

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Norwich City’s dramatic swoop to win the race for Coventry City starlet James Maddison underlined Alex Neil is aiming to build a dynasty at Carrow Road.

Neil’s immediate priority is keeping the Canaries in the Premier League, but City beat the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool to seal a move for the highly-rated teenage midfielder. Maddison will link up with his new club in the summer after returning to the Sky Blues on loan following a late deadline night move that saw the 19-year-old complete his medical at St George’s Park to get the deal done, in transfer that cost Norwich a reported £2.5m up front plus a series of add-ons.

“We went after him aggressively. I think the fact we left it so late in the window certainly played into our favour,” said Neil. “If we had gone earlier we would have most likely lost him to a bigger team. I know there was one team in particular who were aggressively trying to not stop the deal but hi-jack it and we managed to get it across the line.

“We were pursuing another signing that night and we had money available for it. Unfortunately for us it didn’t transpire. We said and thought all along if we could add some more youth to the ranks for the club going forward then we wanted to highlight the best young players in the country, and he is certainly one who fell into that category. Once that other move didn’t go through we had money we wanted to put to good use and he was the one we highlighted.”

Neil is convinced Maddison has the talent to be fast-tracked into his first team plans.

“The bottom line is if he is ready and good enough it doesn’t matter what age he is,” he said. “He just has to be better or as good as the lads already here. There is no point in introducing young players if they are not as good. Physically, we need to do some work with him initially but there is no question about his talent.”

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12 comments

  • Jops he was loaned back to Coventry and doesn't join up with us til the summer

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

  • Maddison looks really exciting and could blend well with O'Neil and Tettey.. Don't rule out a surprise last minute call up to the first team if we need something special to stay up.. him and Lafferty are the only unused players who are exciting enough to maybe make a difference

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    jops

    Sunday, February 21, 2016

  • iMac can we put Godfrey from York into the mix as well.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • Is it just me but i have lost the plot now , what about the other wonder player we have as Swindon and what about our own academy players out on loan ??? Another wage to pay I suspect , and then they won't let KL go but let GH go for peanuts . ??????????

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    iMac

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • On the face of it , seems like quite a coup , BUT , did young Jacob Murphy come into the negotiation equation. Hope not.

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    Victor Bullimore

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • I wonder who the other target was?

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    lordbesty

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • Seven signings three of some use, what about the five plus we needed for survival. Too little too late by the forward looking, clued up and highly motivated management team including the owners.Some years ago there was an Evening with Tommy Docherty and Malcolm Allison at the Hewitt and Tommy Doc said if you keep buying lower division players you end up with a lower division side. Watch this space.

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    francophile

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • I can see a certain irony here - the one time the Board splashes out in January we could end up relegated with Naismith and Klose doubtless wanting away and most of the rest of them bearing the scars of what would be a brace of relegations. At that point, Victor's "offloading"would become essential if we're going to get back up again. We could be eight or nine points better off, easily, and that's where my frustration kicks in. It's almost as if someone among the Football Gods (or maybe more earthly) doesn't really want us to be in the PL...

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    el dingo

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • I would agree with you Victor if we were relegated. If we managed somehow to stay up I suspect we may still have to offload but a question mark over which of our youngsters could step up to PL level? Whatever happens a cull is necessary because clearly we have players who are simply not up to the mark, either because they are technically below par or lack the necessary pace and athleticism. In essence I would like to see youngsters such as Toffolo, Maddison, the Murphys etc come into contention if we were relegated rather than pay silly money for players who may well not give us anything more or different. Financially it would also make sense as we'd have to cut our cloth.

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • I think a good idea for the close season would be to offload the remaining players in the squad who are currently not considered for team selection and replace them with our promising youngsters to give them the opportunity to break into the first team.

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    VictorM

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • Building a dynasty seems quite the thing at Carrow Road these days. They're even doing it in the Boardroom!

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    el dingo

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • Not sure about the comment from A.N. that they need to do some work on James Maddison, physically. The player is already playing for Coventry first team and you can't get more physical than some of the players in the lower leagues. A.N. knows more than me but I hope the Norwich coaches are not going to smother a natural talent as they have done before.

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    61canarie

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

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