Leicester launch move for Sampdoria’s hotshot striker


Having allowed Andrej Kramaric to find first-team football on loan at Hoffenheim, Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri had made no secret of his desire to bring in a frontman before January is out.

The Leicester City boss has a trio of strikers at his disposal who have each performed admirably this term, but should injury fell one of Jamie Vardy, Leonardo Ulloa or Shinji Okazaki, then the Foxes could find themselves short up front.

Saturday’s confident 3-0 victory over Stoke, coupled with Man City and Arsenal’s failure to win means that after 23 Premier League games Leicester sit three points clear at the top.

As this improbable title charge continues, Ranieri is eager to bring in a fourth striker to provide extra depth.

Reports emerging this week are suggesting that the Italian is heading to his homeland to find the final member of this four-piece band, and has launched a bid for Sampdoria’s Eder.

The Brazilian-born Italian has been with the Genoa-based side since the summer of 2012, and has since netted 37 times in Serie A.

It’s the 29-year-old’s form this term that has probably done much to persuade Ranieri to prepare the chequebook, with Eder netting 12 times in 19 games for relegation-threatened Sampdoria.

The forward’s form last season saw him make his way into international contention, and Eder made eight appearances for the Azzurri in 2015 – including a start against England in Turin – netting twice.

Reports in Italy state Leicester have placed a bid of €10.5m for a three-year contract, and it’s a price which fellow Eder-watching Inter Milan are unwilling to pay.

Eder’s Italian employers may see their situation as a reason to sell sooner rather than later, with his market value set to plummet should La Samp be relegated.

As such, the combination of Leicester’s desire for a fourth-striker to ensure at least Champions League football if not a stunning league title, in addition to Sampdoria’s current plight, may see this deal done sooner rather than later.

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