Report: Liverpool and Arsenal pursuing Coventry's James Maddison in Dele Alli-like deal

Ricoh Arena Coventry City

Arsenal and Liverpool are reportedly leading the race to sign Coventry City teenager James Maddison.

According to The Independent, Arsenal and Liverpool are leading the race to sign Coventry City's 19-year-old sensation James Maddison.

Maddison, who was born in Coventry and came up through the club's ranks, burst on to the scene last season, scoring two goals in 18 games for the Sky Blues.

The attacking midfielder quickly became one of the most highly-rated young players in League One, and much was expected of him before the start of the campaign.

However, Maddison suffered a major ankle injury back in August, and he only made his return to the Coventry side last weekend, coming on as a 70th minute substitute in the 1-1 draw with Oldham Athletic.

His return has now sparked transfer speculation surrounding his future, with Premier League clubs interested in luring him away from the Ricoh Arena.

The Independent report that Arsenal and Liverpool are both hoping to sign Maddison in January, and any deal could be similar to the one which took Dele Alli from MK Dons to Tottenham in January of this year.

It's stated that Spurs paid £5m to sign Alli before loaning him back to MK Dons for the remainder of the season, and Coventry would demand a similar type of deal if they are to entertain the idea of selling their prized starlet - something Arsenal and Liverpool must consider if they are to go ahead in their pursuit of playmaker Maddison.

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