Premier League leaders Leicester City remain in hot pursuit of CSKA Moscow striker Ahmed Musa despite the Russian club rejecting a £15.1 million offer for the Nigerian, according to BBC Sport.
Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri will have to shatter the club record transfer fee of £9 million to get his man, with CSKA believed to value the speedy forward at £18.9 million.
Musa’s current deal expires in 2019 and includes £22.8 million buy-out clause - a figure marginally short of the Russians' asking price.
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The Nigeria captain, whose goalscoring record for his country stands at 11 in 56 caps, is said to be keen on completing a move to the King Power Stadium.
Musa has ten goals in 29 appearances this season and could prove a useful acquisition and alternative to Jamie Vardy should he continue to find the net.
The 23-year-old is renowned for his blistering pace, sharp dribbling ability and composure in the penalty box, with his style of play a touch reminiscent of Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben.
Leicester have enjoyed a busy January window as the surprise leaders look to maintain their title bid with a handful of signings to boost their squad depth.
Ranieri has already signed former Birmingham City winger Demarai Gray and Ghana international Daniel Amartey this winter, and the Italian seems to have his sights set on landing Musa before the window shuts on Monday.