James Maddison
James Maddison

England legend Stuart Pearce has urged James Maddison to turn down a big-money move to Manchester United in January.

Maddison had a magnificent debut season in the Premier League with Leicester, notching up seven goals and seven assists last term, and the likes of United, Manchester City and Liverpool have all been linked with the talented 22-year-old midfielder.

It’s understood United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward made an approach for Maddison in June, but Leicester’s £80million asking price for the England international put the Red Devils off a potential deal.

However, reports claim that Maddison remains on United’s radar ahead of the January transfer window, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer identifying the youngster as his ideal midfielder target over Christian Eriksen.

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Former England and Nottingham Forest defender Pearce acknowledges that Maddison would be an ‘asset’ for a club like United, but believes staying at Leicester would be the best option at this stage of his career.

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‘I think from his point of view at this moment in time, he’s working with a wonderful manager in Brendan Rodgers,’ Pearce told Sky Sports’ The Debate.

‘I think it’s perfect for him to stay at Leicester. I wouldn’t suggest that he leaves Leicester at the moment.

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‘He’s probably started the season as good and as strong as he has ever been as a footballer.

‘For me I think he’s got to stay put.

‘Will he be an asset to other teams if he keeps improving? Yes he will.

‘But I think at this moment in time, for his sake, he’s better off at Leicester.’