Man United boss wants to sign 22-year-old playmaker over Christian Eriksen

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly told Manchester United he would prefer a move for James Maddison over Tottenham star Christian Eriksen.

Maddison, 22, put United, Manchester City and Liverpool on red alert after notching up seven goals and seven assists for Leicester City last term in an outstanding debut Premier League campaign.

His magnificent form led to an enquiry from Ed Woodward back in June, but Leicester’s £80million valuation of the young Englishman put United off a potential deal.

Eriksen was also heavily linked this summer after entering into the final 12 months of his current contract, but Spurs managed to keep hold of the 27-year-old playmaker.

The north London club will likely be open to offers for Eriksen in January or else risk losing the Dane on a free transfer at the end of the season. While both midfielders remain firmly on United’s radar ahead of the January transfer window, Solskjaer has identified Maddison as his priority target.

According to Manchester Evening News, Solskjaer’s drive to increase the proportion of homegrown talent in his squad is the reason for his preference of Maddison.

Young British trio Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James and Harry Maguire were the only new players through the doors at Old Trafford this summer.

The report adds that Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford’s popularity in England’s squad ‘holds sway’ with international team-mates such as Maddison.