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Report: James Maddison rejects Southampton for Leicester City transfer

Mark Hughes has been dealt an early transfer window blow according to reports.

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Rumoured Southampton transfer target James Maddison has reportedly rejected a move to the South Coast in favour of a move to Leicester City according to Sky Sports.

It was reported the Norwich City attacking midfielder had attracted a bid of over £20m from Southampton, but it appears Maddison prefers a move to former Premier League champions Leicester - a city close to his hometown of Coventry.

The Sky Sports report states Maddison was set to undergo a medical at the Foxes, now managed by former Saints manager Claude Puel, yesterday.

The fee Leicester are set to pay is thought to be in the region of £24m with add-ons.

If true, this would be an early blow for Southampton manager Mark Hughes as he seeks to build on last season’s disappointing 17th-placed finish in the league.

Initial reports stated that the likes of West Ham, Everton and Fulham were also interested in signing England U21-capped Maddison.