Pelle has caught the eye of the Foxes after 23 goals last season for Feyenoord (©GettyImages)
Pelle has caught the eye of the Foxes after 23 goals last season for Feyenoord (©GettyImages).

Graziano Pelle an £8m target for Leicester City

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Premier League new boys Leicester City are preparing an ambitious swoop for Feyenoord's Italian striker, Graziano Pelle.

The Daily Mail reports how Pelle, 28, was in scintillating form for the Dutch side last season, netting 23 times in 28 outings.

He has courted attention from a number of English clubs after his impressive performances - Everton, Stoke and West Brom are believed to be among those who have kept tabs on the forward - but it is believed Leciester lead the chase to sign the towering Pelle.

Nigel Pearson's side were previously linked with Brighton striker Leo Ulloa but appear unwilling to match the £8million asking price.

Also David Nugent, last season's top scorer for the Foxes, has yet to sign a new deal with the club, potentially leaving City short of options in attack.

Pearson is thought to see the tall yet mobile Pelle as the perfect addition to his young squad as he looks to bring in experienced players able to cope with the physical demands of the Premier League, which Pelle certainly looks capable of.

However, it remains to be seen if Leicester are able to pay the full £8million, in addition to Pelle's reported £3million wage demands. Negotiations are likely to begin in the coming days.

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