Leicester City boss Claude Puel has failed with a bid for Stoke City forward Mame Biram Diouf as his club have failed to meet the Potters’ asking fee, according to The Sun.

The Foxes manager has been active in the transfer market in the last few days, as he looks to put the funds received from the sale of Riyad Mahrez to good use.

It seems as though one man Puel is going after is Diouf, who he was hoping to get on the cheap after Stoke were relegated last season, but the Potters are believed to be holding out for £15 million for their versatile man.

The Senegal international has been in the Premier League for two spells. The first began in 2009 when he signed for Manchester United, but having failed to really stamp his authority on a position in their side he left for Germany, before Mark Hughes brought him back to England in 2014.

The 30-year-old went on to make 133 appearances for the Potters, scoring 24 times, but he was an unused substitute in the 3-1 defeat at Leeds United on Sunday afternoon, and it appears he could be being lined up to leave before the window closes on Thursday.

Puel has already worked hard to bring in the likes of James Maddison, Ricardo Pereira, Danny Ward, Jonny Evans and Bartosz Kapustka and Rachid Ghezzal this summer, but it appears he has a little way to go before he gets his latest target.

With the future of Islam Slimani up in the air, with the Algerian expected to leave in the coming days, it will be important for the Frenchman to sign a replacement as he bids to get the Foxes back among the top six in the Premier League. Whether Leicester pay the required fee for Diouf, or look elsewhere, remains to be seen.


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