Norwich City are prepared to sell James Maddison this summer, with the player continuing to be linked with a switch to Southampton, according to the Mirror.

The Saints’ interest in the playmaker has been well documented throughout the year and it seems as though the race for Maddison’s signature is hotting up ahead of next season.

Norwich, who have just sold Josh Murphy to Cardiff for a fee in the region of £11m, are out to raise funds this summer and by doing this, they appear to be ready to part company with their prized asset, Maddison.

The England Under-21 international enjoyed an excellent season in the Championship last term and caught the eye of a number of Premier League clubs, including Southampton.

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Everton and Leicester have been named as the front-runners in the race to land Maddison but the interest of Saints, along with teams such as Fulham and West Ham, has also been noted.

Maddison will, however, likely miss the start of the season. He sustained a knee injury on the final day of the season at Norwich, perhaps hindering his chances of a big summer move.

Nevertheless, Norwich are looking to receive a hefty sum as they prepare for Maddison’s departure. It’s claimed that a fee of at least £20m will be required to persuade the Canaries to sell.

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