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Leicester City have £30m bid for defender rejected

Leicester City have £30m bid for defender rejected

Leicester City have been on the hunt for a centre-back to replace Harry Maguire for over a season, after the Englishman left the club in 2019 in an £80 million fee, and they have had a bid for Burnley defender James Tarkowski rejected.

Whilst Leicester looked like they replaced Maguire well with Caglar Soyuncu, he did show lapses in concentration that Maguire did not have as much of during his time at Leicester.

Apart from this, they need a centre-back that can partner Soyuncu, with Jonny Evans now 32 and will be 33 in January.

Tarkowski has been a long-term target for the Foxes, ever since they sold Maguire, and recently they have revived their interest in the 27-year-old in a possible £30 million deal with Burnley.

However, despite all of this, Sean Dyche's side have quickly rejected the approach, wanting even more funds, with the Clarets rejecting a similar bid from West Ham United earlier this window.

Apart from Evans and Soyuncu, Leicester's only other senior centre-back option is Wes Morgan, who is now 36 and at the latter stages of his career.

Filip Benkovic is another option at centre-back, yet the Croatian is currently injured and is set to be loaned out for the season to gain some much needed experience.

Apart from Tarkowski, Leicester have also targeted Saint-Etienne youngster Wesley Fofana, but the Ligue 1 side are determined to hold on to him for another season at least.

At the start of the campaign, Leicester have suffered from plenty of injuries, with Wilfried Ndidi being the latest long-term absentee with an abductor injury.

The Nigerian has filled out at centre-back in the past, and his injury setback will bring even more worries for Brendan Rodgers.

Burnley have set a £50 million price tag on Tarkowski, and Leicester will be looking to entice them to lower it to possibly £40 million before the October 5 deadline.


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