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Alan Shearer gives James Maddison to Manchester United verdict

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Alan Shearer says there is no way Leicester City would be selling James Maddison to Manchester United during the January transfer window and he would question the mentality of the player if he decides to move. He went on to add that he would be ‘amazed’ if a transfer of any sort actually materialised.

We have been reiterating that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in the market to shop for a quality creative midfielder and Maddison is one of the top transfer priorities for the Norwegian manager. Other players who have been positively linked with the Red Devils include Bruno Fernandes, Jack Grealish and Donny van de Beek.

Maddison has been outstanding for Leicester City this season having already bagged six goals and three assists in the English Premier League, and Solskjaer is more than convinced that the 23-year-old is the player Manchester United have been looking for.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: James Maddison of Leicester City is tackled by Moussa Djenepo of Southampton looks on during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Southampton FC at The King Power Stadium on January 11, 2020 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 11: James Maddison of Leicester City is tackled by Moussa Djenepo of Southampton looks on during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Southampton FC at The King Power Stadium on January 11, 2020 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

However, Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has already made it clear that Maddison – who has supported United since he was a child – is not for sale as the Foxes attempt to qualify for the Champions League this season by finishing in the top four.

Though Newcastle legend Shearer admits Maddison will be a great addition to the Manchester United, he doesn’t see the Red Devils being able to sign the player in the January transfer window.

I totally understand why, if it’s true, Manchester United would want James Maddison because he’s a very, very good player,” the former England striker told Coral.

“But I would be amazed if Leicester were to let him go in this transfer window.

“The way things are going at Leicester, the way he’s playing, what is at stake for Leicester… I cannot see them letting one of their top players go this January.

“If I was him, yes [I’d want to stay at Leicester] at this moment in time.

“When you look at the situation that Manchester United are in terms of challenging for the top four, how much they have to improve, the time that will take…

“I understand that they’re a huge football club but, in terms of where James Maddison is at this moment in time, I think he’s better off staying at Leicester certainly until the end of the season and then weigh things up again then.”

Ex-United defender Paul Parker has hit out at his former club for failing to recognise Maddison’s talent when he was impressing in the Championship with Norwich.

James Maddison is a fantastic footballer, a hell of a player – but why didn’t Manchester United see him and get him when he was at Norwich City?” Parker told Love Sport Radio.

“If you want him now, he’s going to cost you over £120m!

“Ole should be allowed to go and get players in January, just to add a bit of a spark into the club and lift the other players. It always makes a difference if a top player comes in.

“For me, you can talk and talk, but does the player really want to come? If you look at what’s going on at Leicester City, you’d have to question Maddison’s mentality if he leaves them now.”

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