Man Utd chief Ed Woodward hatches James Maddison transfer plan with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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The playmaker has been in fine form for the Foxes at the beginning of this season and was one of their star men last year as well.

Manchester United have not replaced Ander Herrera or Marouane Fellaini in midfield.

And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as well as Woodward see Maddison as the perfect acquisition.

The Mirror claim United will make a bid for the former Norwich man in January although they expect no deal will materialise until next summer.

Maddison is expected to be named in the next England squad by Gareth Southgate and would likely cost similar to the £80million the Red Devils splurged on Harry Maguire.

The 22-year-old is seen as one of the hottest prospects in the Premier League.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has admitted he has been very impressed with Maddison since taking the reins at the King Power Stadium.

He said: “I haven’t spoken to Gareth. Since I’ve come in, I’ve been so impressed by James.

“He’s got a great football brain, technically he’s a high level, everyone sees chances he creates, how he finds space and creates opportunities for others, and he’s tactically improving all the time.

“He loves football, thinks about the game, loves training. You saw his performance last week, outstanding with and without the ball.

“He’s a really good guy, has lots of maturity, plays with great spirit and he’s a joy to work with.”

Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher believes the Reds should be looking at Maddison as well.

“I think he is the one player outside of the top six who Liverpool should be looking at,” Carragher said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.

“People have been talking about [Philippe] Coutinho coming back, but obviously that hasn’t happened as he’s gone to Bayern Munich.

“But if you are looking in the Premier League, yes he will cost a lot of money, but he should be the one Liverpool are looking at if you’re going to that next step up.”

United fell to a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace yesterday and lacked a creative spark.

Someone like Maddison could be the key to unlocking defences for Solskjaer’s side in the future.

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