Leicester City target Porto striker Vincent Aboubakar

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Leicester City have undoubtedly been the surprise of the season, where experts tipped them to be fighting the relegation battle at the start of the term, they now sit comfortably in second - just two points adrift league leaders Arsenal.

The majority of the credit for this should go to Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, both of whom have been sensational.

But manager Claudio Ranieri still is of the opinion that depending solely on the duo to carry them through is not the ideal option. Hence, he is ready to dig into the transfer market for reinforcements.


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Perfect signing

The Italian manager is an admirer of FC Porto striker Vincent Aboubakar and believes him to be the perfect player to partner Vardy upfront and ease some pressure on the Englishman, according to Daily Mirror.

Vardy broke the record of former Dutch star Ruud van Nistelrooy earlier in the season, scoring in 11 consecutive games and in recent weeks failed to maintain those high standards. However, he still has 15 goals in 16 league outings in 2015-16.

He is currently suffering from a groin injury and is set to undergo a minor operation before Leicester face Tottenham twice in a week, in the FA Cup tie and in the league, as per ESPN.

Aboubakar, on the other hand, joined the Estadio do Dragao outfit from French side FC Lorient signing a four-year deal in 2014 and has a goal tally of nine in 20 appearances in Primeira Liga this term.

Champions League form

The Cameroonian’s best spell of this season came in the Champions League where he managed to find the back of the net three times in five games, but his efforts were in vain as Porto finished third in their group and will now play in the Europa League.

Hull City boss Steve Bruce attempted to lure the 23-year-old to England in August 2014 but failed in his pursuit and he joined Porto instead.

Although his valuation has increased over the span of two seasons, it is highly unlikely manager Julen Lopetegui will be tempted to sell one of the most promising youngsters in his squad.

Porto are currently second in the Portuguese league behind Sporting Lisbon and will bank heavily upon the likes of their talented forward to guide them to league triumph.

Aiming to end on a high

Leicester City will be hoping to carry on the momentum of 2015 into the new year but face a tricky run of games next month with back-to-back clashes against Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal.

Ranieri will be optimistic the Foxes can finish the season on a high, therefore making it easier to convince some big names to make the switch to King Power Stadium in future.

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