Man United manager keen on signing €45m-rated prolific attacker

Norwegian manager has reportedly told the Red Devils he would prefer a move for James Maddison over Tottenham attacker Christian Eriksen. England international put Man United and Liverpool on red alert after notching up seven goals and seven assists for the Foxes last term in an outstanding debut Premier League season.

His magnificent form led to an enquiry from Ed Woodward back in summer, but Leicester’s £80m valuation of James put the Red Devilsoff a potential deal. Christian was also heavily linked this summer after entering into the final 12 months of his current deal, but Tottenham managed to keep hold of Danish star.

Spurs will likely be open to offers for Eriksen in winter or else risk losing the Dane on a free transfer at the end of the campaign. While both playmakers stay firmly on Man United’s radar ahead of the winter transfer window, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has identified Maddison as his priority target.

Norwegian coach’s drive to increase the proportion of homegrown talent in his squad is the reason for his preference of the 22-year-old midfielder. Young British trio Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James and Harry Maguire were the only new footballers through the doors at Theatre of Dreams this transfer window.

Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford’s popularity in Three Lions squad ‘hold sway’ with international team-mates such as English attacker. James admitted that he has ambitions to play at the ‘highest level’ in the future. Foxes hero Steve Walsh has insisted he is still ‘happy’ at the club amid a dream move to Man United failing to materialise.