Leicester City have rejected a deadline-day bid of £25 million for winger Demarai Gray from Bournemouth. Eddie Howe has been chasing the 21-year-old all summer and tested the Foxes’ resolve this morning. However, Sky Sports reported that the huge offer was turned down by Leicester, who are reluctant to sell with the future of Riyad Mahrez still unresolved.
Howe is a keen admirer of Gray and, according to BBC Sport, tried to sign him from Birmingham City in January 2015, when Bournemouth were Championship frontrunners. The Blues eventually sold the England Under-21 star to Leicester, where he has found himself in the shadow of Mahrez and struggled to become a regular in the first team.
Bournemouth have a vacancy for a left-winger after allowing Max Gradel to leave on a season-long loan deal to Toulouse. Gray fits the profile of a Howe signing – he has pace to burn, can beat an opponent with skill and has a decent delivery.
He showed his potential earlier this summer at the under-21 European Championships and is only going to improve and increase in value. That is Bournemouth’s modus operandi.
Will a deal get done?
Howe clearly wants to sign Gray and may return with an improved offer.
However, the Daily Mail, which says the south-coast club failed in an £20m bid for the wing wizard earlier this month, claim that the clubs remain some distance apart in their valuation of the player.
With just a few hours remaining in the transfer window, time is running out for Bournemouth to get a deal over the line