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Leicester City lining up January move for AC Milan's Nigel de Jong

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Premier League high-flyers Leicester City are ready to offer AC Milan £2 million for defensive midfielder Nigel de Jong, according to the Mirror.

Claudio Ranieri’s side are pursuing an unlikely title push and see the possible January addition of De Jong as an achievable target.

The Dutchman, who recently turned 31, has struggled for game time this season, playing just 373 minutes across five games.

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The Netherlands international would provide fresh competition to Danny Drinkwater and N'Golo Kante, Leicester's current central midfield pairing.

Ranieri will be keen to exercise De Jong's hard-hitting attributes to maintain their excellent start to the campaign - and his 2012 Premier League triumph with Manchester City might just prove vital.

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The addition of the tempermental De Jong would add futher protection in front of the Foxes' back four, who have shipped 21 goals this season, the highest in the top half of the Premier League and eighth highest on the whole.

Foxes fans will likely be excited by the potential boost, even despite the element of risk attached. For all Leicester's attacking brilliance, spearheaded by the dynamic duo of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, defence has proved a slight issue and could be key to a genuine title bid.

And at £2 million, De Jong could be seen as a bargain. Even if a deal cannot be initially agreed upon, a loan signing until the end of the season could also work in favour of Ranieri’s side.

The 31-year-old signed for Milan in 2012 and has made 95 appearances for the club, scoring seven goals.

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