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Three players Leicester City should sign on deadline day

Rob Meech

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Leicester City have been very active in the transfer market this summer and could be one of the busiest Premier League clubs on deadline day. Craig Shakespeare has signed five players in total, including Kelechi Iheanacho, Vicente Iborra and Harry Maguire.

With speculation surrounding a number of high-profile members of the Foxes squad, all eyes will be on the King Power Stadium today. Shakespeare, who succeeded Claudio Ranieri in the hot-seat, will be keen to ensure any departures are adequately replaced.

Here are three players we think Leicester should sign before the window shuts at 11pm:

James McCarthy

With Danny Drinkwater having handed in a transfer request, according to BBC Sport, amid strong interest from Chelsea, Shakespeare may need to address central midfield. Drinkwater shone alongside N’Golo Kante during their title-winning season and is a very reliable performer. His departure would leave a huge void and a replacement would be required as a matter of urgency.

McCarthy has fallen out of favour under Ronald Koeman and has yet to make a league appearance this term. The Republic of Ireland international, who started all four of their matches at Euro 2016, is a tough-tackling ball-winner in the centre of the pitch and has a nasty streak that, when channeled appropriately, enhances his game. Koeman would likely be open to offers for the 26-year-old, who still has much to offer in the Premier League. Leicester might just be the perfect fit.

Alex Iwobi

When he burst on to the scene two seasons ago, it looked as though Arsenal had unearthed another gem from their fabled academy system. Despite being a teenager, Arsene Wenger had so much faith in the attacking midfielder that he regularly selected him in his Premier League starting XI. Iwobi’s form has dipped somewhat in 2017, but there is no denying his ability and potential to become a top player, if managed correctly.

Leicester could do with more creativity in central midfield and Iwobi has the vision to unlock defences. With fellow Nigerians Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa currently at the club, perhaps the 21-year-old would be tempted by the prospect of joining them alongside regular game time.

Ben Gibson

Despite having already captured talented youngster Maguire from Hull City in the current window, Leicester are actively seeking another centre-back. According to BBC Sport, the Foxes have had two bids for Jonny Evans rejected by West Bromwich Albion – the second of which was understood to be £23 million. But with Arsenal and Manchester City also courting the Northern Ireland international, Leicester may have to abandon their pursuit and look elsewhere.

Ben Gibson of Middlesbrough could be a viable alternative. The 24-year-old enjoyed a stellar campaign personally last season, despite Boro’s relegation. His performances even earned him an England call-up and playing in the top-flight would keep him in Gareth Southgate’s thoughts. Leicester’s defence is ageing and along with Maguire, Gibson would be an investment in the future.

Rob is a freelance writer, specialising in football, who previously worked as a sports journalist at the Dorset Echo. A long-standing AFC Bournemouth supporter, Rob can often be found on the terraces at the Vitality Stadium. Follow him on Twitter - @RobMeech

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Is George Hirst’s surprise OH Leuven move a precursor to Leicester City?

OH Leuven are owned by the same people who run Leicester City.

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Another one of England’s great young talents has decided to go and hone his skills away from these shores this week. After months of contractual trouble at Sheffield Wednesday, top young striker George Hirst has a new club. The son of former Owls legend David, the 19-year-old has headed to Belgium. The teenager, who was the top-scorer at the 2017 Toulon Tournament, has joined OH Leuven.

But is this now a clear precursor to an eventual move to Leicester City?

The Belgian second-tier side are owned by King Power. The same group behind the success of Leicester City in recent years is also funding this little known Belgian outfit. They even appointed former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson as the new manager at the club, despite his controversial departure from the East Midlands club in 2015.

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Leicester were one of many teams mentioned with an interest in Hirst over the past few months. But first-team football at the club would definitely have been hard to come by. At Leuven, Hirst will no doubt be hoping to go straight into the first-team under the guidance of Pearson.

His next hope will be to find the goalscoring form he showcased in 2016-17 when he scored over 40 goals for club and country. That was before his contract issue saw him cast aside by Wednesday for most of last season.

If he does find himself in Belgium and becomes the striker everyone believes he can, then surely Leicester City will soon plot his return to England.

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Tottenham should elevate reported interest in Leicester City protege Demari Gray

The 21-year-old could become a superstar if nurtured properly.

Jamie Watts

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Tottenham Hotspur were reportedly interested in the possibility of signing Leicester City‘s attacking protege Demari Gray a few months back, according to reports from ESPN. And after a fruitless period in the search for attacking reinforcements, Mauricio Pochettino should revive his interest in sorting a deal.

Gray contributed four goals and three assists in 30 Premier League appearances last term, and is currently the captain of the England U21 squad. But he is likely to evaluate his future with the Foxes this summer, due to his lack of regular game-time. And Tottenham seems a great fit for the winger.

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Spurs have pursued multiple attacking targets since the window commenced, without gathering any real traction on any of their targets, and it seems Pochettino – for once – is more concerned with making a marquee signing, than bringing in a player with the scope to develop and grow into a top player at White Hart Lane.

Talks for Anthony Martial, Christian Pulisic and Ivan Perisic have all stalled in recent times, and a move for the Leicester City man could be just the ticket for Spurs. He brings all the attributes they’re currently looking for; blistering pace, exceptional balance, end product, a cool head and notably the ability to hit an absolute cracker if awarded space.

If he reaches his peak under the guidance of Pochettino, which is more likely than not given his immense talent, the player could double in market-value and could become a key player for the Lilywhites for years to come.

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Celtic boost as Leicester City pull out of race for Patrick Roberts

The winger could stay at Parkhead beyond the summer, after the latest events.

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Celtic have revived hope in the possibility of signing Patrick Roberts once again, after Leicester City pull out of negotiations for the forward, according to the Daily Mirror.

The winger looked set to depart Parkhead, come the end of his loan, as part of an exchange deal with Premier League champions Manchester City for Leicester City superstar Riyad Mahrez, but the report claims the Foxes have ended negotiations with City.

James Maddison has been confirmed at the King Power Stadium on a five-year deal today, via the official club website, effectively ending their interest in Roberts, as the two operate in similar areas.


The news will have come as a surprise to fans of the Scottish champions, as Brendan Rodgers was all but resigned to the prospect of Roberts leaving this summer. But it now looks as though he could be spending a third-consecutive season in Glasgow.

The 21-year-old is unlikely to be made a permanent addition this summer, with the Leicester Mercury reporting that the player is currently valued at £15 million, which, without serious out-goings isn’t a realistic prospect for the Bhoys.

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Rodgers will now hope he can convince Roberts to stay beyond the summer on loan, to remain as a key-part of the outfit as they begin their title defence. And the Manchester City man may have to accept if alternate suitors fail to make enquiries and he wishes to continue playing regularly.

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