Leicester City will have to up their bid for Watford frontman Troy Deeney if they are to land the star in a summer swoop, according to the Leicester Mercury.
The Premier League new boys originally offered Watford £6.5 million for the player and since have upped it to £7.5 million, only to have both bids rejected as the Hertfordshire club want to keep hold of him.
The Foxes are looking to strengthen their attack for the new season in the Premier League after a 10-year absence and after completing the signing of ex-Brighton front man Leonardo Ulloa on Monday, the highly-rated striker will be welcomed with open arms.
However, not too long ago he was a villain for many fans after his last-gasp goal that knocked Leicester out of the play-offs last year broke the hearts of many supporters.
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Now they are back stronger though, having outright won the Championship with an amazing 102 points, and have needed to add to their squad to step up to the next level in the best league in the world.
Already this summer they have signed Marc Albrighton from Aston Villa, Jack Barmby from Manchester United, Ben Hamer from Charlton and Leonardo Ulloa and Matthew Upson from Brighton.
Deeney the right man for Leicester?
And Deeney would add to that list if the price is right, making an incredible front line up for Leicester, with Pearson having a selection headache as David Nugent, Leonardo Ulloa, Chris Wood, Jamie Vardy and Gary Taylor-Fletcher make up the strike force.
Two of these strikers started how they mean to go on, banging in the goals as Leicester ran out 6-1 victors against Ilkeston Town, with Nugent grabbing two and Chris Wood getting one in their first pre-season game.
The side will want to take this form over to the Premier League, where their new campaign kicks off with a visit from Everton.