Report: West Ham bid £12m for Norwich star James Maddison

West Ham United's Scottish manager David Moyes looks on before the FA Cup third round replay football match between West Ham United and Shrewsbury Town at The London Stadium, in east...

West Ham United have cemented their interest in Norwich City midfielder James Maddison.

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 a report from the Guardian, West Ham have confirmed their interest in Norwich playmaker James Maddison by making a £12 million bid for the midfielder.

Maddison has arguably been the Canaries' best player this season. The 21-year-old currently tops the club's scoring charts in the Championship alongside Nelson Oliveira, having scored seven times, while he is out in front by quite some distance when it comes to assists, having contributed five this term.

James Maddison of Norwich City shoots on goal during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay between Chelsea and Norwich City at Stamford Bridge on January 17, 2018 in London, England.

The Guardian reports that Tottenham and Liverpool are both keen on the youngster, but it is West Ham who have stolen a march by making the eight-figure bid for Maddison.

However, the Guardian adds that Norwich are looking for more for the former Coventry City ace - who David Moyes watched when Daniel Farke's men took on Chelsea in the FA Cup - so it seems highly likely that the Hammers' bid may be rejected.

West Ham United's Scottish manager David Moyes watches from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Bournemouth at The London Stadium, in...

It remains to be seen whether West Ham plan to return with another offer during this window. It may certainly prove a good idea to try and get a deal done this month.

If Maddison enjoys a strong second half of the season, his value may rise significantly. And given the interest in him from the likes of Spurs and Liverpool, West Ham may perhaps be taking a risk if they decide to hold fire on a move until the summer and not make another bid before Wednesday's deadline.

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