West Ham have made plenty of errors in the transfer market over the past few years.

But missing out on James Maddison is now looking like one of their worst.

The 23-year-old joined the Foxes from Norwich City in the summer of 2018 for around £20 million, according to BBC Sport.

And that fee is now looking like absolute peanuts.

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The Hammers were in for Maddison in 2018, according to the Guardian, but were only prepared to pay Norwich £12 million for the attacking midfielder.

And West Ham’s refusal to up their offer to £20 million now looks like a cataclysmic error.

 

The England international has been a real hit at Leicester, racking up 14 goals and 10 assists in 55 appearances. He is a constant menace and possesses all of the attributes that the Hammers desperately lack in the middle of the park.

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Maddison will undoubtedly be a £70 million, £80 million or even a £100 million player if he ends up leaving Leicester. And it is baffling to think that West Ham were not prepared to pay what would have been an extra £8 million for a player like the Foxes ace.

It is so typical of the way in which the Hammers have been run in recent years. They seem to be more than happy to pay out exorbitant wages for players who are well past their best.

But reject the chance to sign quality young players because they deem it too much of a risk.

Utter madness.

And every time the West Ham owners see Maddison lighting up the Premier League, it must be constant reminder to them how badly they misjudged his potential.

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