Date: 20th June 2018 at 12:20pm
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With Sky Sports reporting the other day that Leicester City seem to have won the race for talented Norwich City midfielder James Maddison, inevitably Everton were interested in him and lost out or should’ve been interested in him and lost out, or something or other.

It’s another ‘drop the ball’ round of reporting where nobody is actually sure if we picked the ball up in the first place.

Now, in a sense that James Maddison is the type of player we should be interested in signing as Marco Silva begins his own Goodison Park revolution as we plan for a new home, I would agree on that front that he is the type of talent we should be taking a close look at.

But it’s said Southampton lost out because he wanted to move closer to his family home in Coventry and Leicester better allows him to do that. If that was the player’s prime motivation I don’t know how Everton ‘dropped the ball’ unless we could convince him we were closer to Coventry than Leicester were?

A very old report from the Mirror said we had an interest in him as a direct replacement for Wayne Rooney and with no proof of that, it just leant on Silva apparently telling Rooney he was no longer wanted.

But the press have regularly contradicted themselves on that topic so it doesn’t stand up to much scrutiny, but plenty were quick to point that out and even suggest homegrown talent as a possible replacement as Silva appears to be very open to our own youth.

In any event, some fans were disappointed to miss out on him – whether we had an interest or not.