Norwich City boss talks up winning James Maddison transfer battle - Is he talking about Liverpool?

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Alex Neil has discussed winning the battle for the teenager.

On transfer deadline day Norwich City pulled off a real transfer coup. The Canaries snapped up James Maddison from Coventry City and sent him back to the club on loan until the end of the season.

It was a shock deal, considering there were some big names said to be interested.

According to The Times one of the teams interested was Liverpool. They reported that Liverpool were very keen on signing the player - but were going to wait until the summer before making their move.

That clearly proved to be a mistake, as Maddison is now a Forest player.

Now Norwich City boss Alex Neil has confirmed that Norwich jumped in front of another interested party to sign the player.

He told the Eastern Daily Press this week:

“We went after him aggressively. I think the fact we left it so late in the window certainly played into our favour.

“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."

It would seem that Liverpool were the team, putting the two reports together.

Maddison is just 19-years-old but has been very impressive in the Football League in recent months.

He has three goals in 15 appearances this season - including in his last game as Coventry defeated Bury 6-0.

Norwich fans will be hoping that Liverpool end up regretting missing out on this talent.

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