Leicester City winning the race for James Maddison could be great news for West Ham United

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...

West Ham United are said to be interested in Aston Villa's Jack Grealish, with Manuel Pellegrini a fan of the attacking midfielder.

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,...

According to the Independent, Leicester City are leading the race for James Maddison and that could be great news for West Ham United.

If Leicester do sign Maddison from Norwich City, as expected, then it seems unlikely that they will target Jack Grealish too.

And that could West Ham a chance to land the Aston Villa man with less competition for his signature.

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...

Grealish is said to be on West Ham’s radar by the Daily Express, with Manuel Pellegrini’s side keen to capitalise on Villa’s financial problems.

Initially Leicester were thought to be one of West Ham’s biggest rivals for Grealish, as reported by Sky Sports.

Villa player Jack Grealish in action  during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final First Leg match between Middlesbrough and Aston Villa at Riverside Stadium on May 12, 2018 in...

But it seems that the Foxes have now made £25 million-rated (The Sun) Maddison their top target for the summer.

And that could give West Ham a free run at Grealish, if they make their move soon, with the transfer starting to look a very appealing one for the Hammers

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