Leicester City could fall short of strengthening their squad as they had hoped with Brendan Rodgers revealing he wanted five new players this summer.
With 10 days remaining in the transfer window, City have brought in two new faces: Belgian full-back Timothy Castagne and Turkish winger Cengiz Under.
They have been pushing hard for a centre-back too, submitting bids for Saint-Etienne’s Wesley Fofana and Burnley’s James Tarkowski.
But if City do sign a centre-half before the deadline on October 5, they would still be two players short of Rodgers’ ideal number.
“I said at the beginning of the season we might have needed up to five players in key areas if we wanted to improve the squad,” Rodgers said.
“We had a terrific finish last season, but you want to keep improving.
“It’s not an easy market for us. I see lots of clubs in and around us who are spending a lot of money to improve their squads. Hopefully, by the end of the window, we will have bought in the players we would have liked to. It is a challenge for us.”
He added: “I felt at the end of last season that if we were able to bring in five players, that could really then strengthen the squad, that would really help us progressing and developing.
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“Like I said, it’s never easy. We’ve been able to bring in a couple.
“We see the impact Timothy has made since he came in, he’s been outstanding. He fits the profile of how we want to work. Under coming in will help us for sure.
“There’s other areas we want to improve on. If we can’t do that over the next 10 days, that’s where we’re at, we’ll still be excited by the players we have because there’s still a lot of growth in there, and we’ll push on.”
Under is still to make his City debut, with the club and player forced to wait until Friday for international clearance. It is expected that he will train with the club next week and could feature against West Ham.