It’s not the first time the Premier League has taken an interest in the 22-year-old striker who is currently enjoying his best season in English football. The Leicester-born player plundered 19 goals in his 34 appearances so far this season, seven more than his best season with former club Sheffield United.
Burnley’s £9m offer was rejected earlier this season while Southampton also monitored his progress closely before United, Arsenal, Celtic and Watford all sent scouts to watch him during the recent home defeat to Bolton Wanderers. That game turned out to be the first in seven where he didn’t find the net and consequently missing out on equalling the club record of scoring in seven consecutive games.
Eyebrows are raised over the Arsenal and United interest, but both are struggling to bring themselves into line with new proposals over homegrown players in their 25-man squads.
The Football Association wants to increase the current level of eight homegrown players to 13 when Britain leaves the European Union. Both Arsenal and United are struggling to reach those numbers and are scouring the lower divisions in case the FA passes the change in laws.