Leicester and Sheffield United are battling to sign West Bromwich Albion attacker Jay Rodriguez, according to the Star.
They report that a reliable goalscorer is at the top of the Blades’ shopping list this summer as Chris Wilder looks to get his side ready to survive in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Leicester only have Kelechi Ihaenacho as backup to Jamie Vardy up front and are reportedly keen on Rodriguez as a cut-price option.
The report says that Rodriguez has a release clause of just £5 million in his current West Brom contract, because of the fact that the Baggies failed to gain promotion from the Championship at the first time of asking.
The two sides are at very different stages of their development. Leicester have a hugely exciting squad and could genuinely push into the Premier League’s top six next season with the right recruitment.
Meanwhile, Sheffield United would likely take 17th place if it was offered right now – which is not to diminish the achievement of Chris Wilder’s side or downplay the ability of their squad.
But Rodriguez would perhaps expect more gametime in Yorkshire than at Leicester and it remains to be seen who will come out on top in the transfer tussle.
It’s easy to forget that Rodriguez made waves in the Premier League at Southampton, impressing so much under Mauricio Pochettino at St Mary’s that he earned an England cap in 2013.