Leicester City have £7m bid rejected for Andrej Kramaric

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Andrej Kramaric is a very exciting Croatian youngster and has reportedly been the subject of interest from the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal, but any hopes of snapping him look difficult now after a bid was rejected for him.

According to the Daily Express, fellow Premier League side Leicester City have made the first move in the race to snap him up in January by offering a sizeable £7million for him. It was not enough though, and his club HNK Rijeka knocked it back, apparently resolved not to sell.

It will be a blow for the struggling Foxes, but will be informative for the likes of Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger. Seeing £7million is not enough for Rijeka to part with the 23-year-old may cause them to look elsewhere for something cheaper, or to find out if the forward can force a move through.

Either way, the Blues and Gunners will now have a better idea of the full situation and the more they know the better. However, there is some confusion with regards to his future, as the report claims opposing accounts have been put forward with regards the summer.

The report says that Kramaric's father has said his contract with the Croatian club expires in the summer, while Rijeka maintain that he has another year left after this season. That they have turned down a £7million bid would suggest that his contract is not expiring six months later, but by the sounds of it this one will rumble on for a while.

Whatever happens, there is little surprise that clubs such as Chelsea and Arsenal are said to be keeping updated with his situation. Kramaric was impressive last season and bagged 16 goals from only 24 appearances in the Croatian top flight, but he has already hit 21 goals in 16 games this season.

A move looks on the cards if a big enough bid can come in, as the financial power of Premier League clubs means they will usually get their way when going up against clubs the size of Rijeka - the offers are just too good to turn down.

Failed Audition

Meanwhile, reports at the weekend suggested both Arsenal and Chelsea had send scouts to watch him in Rijeka's clash with Dinamo Zagreb at the top of the table. Kramaric failed to shine, however, and Dinamo ran out 3-0 winners and extend their lead at the top the table.

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