Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles ‘favours’ a deadline day move to Leicester City, according to the latest reports.
The Foxes are pushing to add to their options before the transfer deadline, as they search for an attacking midfielder to fill the gap left by the injured Dennis Praet.
The Belgian is in the midst of a three-month injury lay-off after picking up a hamstring injury in the FA Cup win over Stoke City earlier this month.
City have been linked with a number of players, including Christian Eriksen, Martin Odegaard and Nathaniel Chalobah.
Another name to be linked is Maitland-Niles, with City said to be looking to do a loan deal with Arsenal for the 23-year-old.
According to the Athletic’s David Ornstein, the player ‘favours’ a move to the King Power Stadium amid interest from both Southampton and Newcastle.
It is claimed that Leicester are keen on doing a loan and could add an option to buy in the deal, and that contact was ongoing this weekend.
It is however also stated that while the player would choose a move to Leicester, Arsenal are happier to do a deal with Southampton, who may include an obligation to buy in any deal
Newcastle are reported to be outsiders for the deal, while it is claimed that West Brom, who were also keen on the player, are now out of the race as clubs attempt to do last-minute deals.
Speaking after the game against Leeds, Rodgers was confident that City would be able to bring a player in before the 11 pm deadline.
Maitland-Niles has been used in a number of positions during his time at the Emirates, including in the full-back role.
He is however said to prefer being deployed in a midfield role, which is said to be one of the reasons a move to Leicester could appeal to the England international.