Tottenham Hotspur signing £20m attacker James Maddison would be own goal from Levy

Daniel Levy, Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on August 27, 2016 in London, England.

Tottenham Hotspur are looking at signing James Maddison from Norwich City.

James Maddison of Norwich and Pascal Gross of Brighton in action during the pre-season friendly match between Norwich City and Brighton & Hove Albion at Carrow Road on July 29, 2017 in...

 

Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Norwich City's James Maddison, with the Evening Standard reporting the attacking midfielder is valued at £20 million.

Spurs are battling a host of clubs for the talented playmaker, who could become an ideal deputy for Christian Eriksen.

Maddison would on one level be a fine addition, but paying £20 million for him would be an admission of failure from Tottenham.

Spurs were eyeing him up two years ago when Maddison was at Coventry City.

James Maddison of Norwich City shows appreciation to the fans after the The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Norwich City and Chelsea at Carrow Road on January 6, 2018 in Norwich,...

The Times reported David Pleat scouted Maddison 'extensively' and recommended Spurs follow up their acquisition of Dele Alli a year earlier by buying the youngster.

Tottenham were linked with making a £5 million bid and loaning Maddison back to Coventry.

Days later at the January transfer deadline, Norwich City stole in to sign Maddison.

James Maddison of Norwich City celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Norwich City at Portman Road on October 22, 2017 in...

The Coventry Telegraph claimed the fee was as low as £3.5 million, with Maddison loaned back to the Sky Blues for the remainder of the campaign.

It was bizarre for Tottenham to let this go through unchallenged considering their success with Alli a year earlier, and the scouting work done with regard to Maddison.

Paying £20 million for him now would be an uncharacteristic admission of failure by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

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