Leicester City sent scouts to watch Italy under-21 international Riccardo Sottil in a recent match against Iceland, according to Fox Sports Italia.

The Foxes are preparing to strengthen their squad in the January transfer window, as they look to bolster their ranks for another tilt at the Premier League title, as well as launching their efforts in the domestic cup competitions.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has clearly identified that one of the positions he needs to provide competition for places in is up front, where behind Jamie Vardy, there isn’t a whole lot else just yet.

Kelechi Iheanacho hasn’t really stepped up since he arrived at the Foxes, while summer signing Ayoze Perez has been used more in wider positions at the King Power Stadium.

Fiorentina forward Sottil is the man who the Leicester hierarchy look to have identified as the player who can take some of the heat off Vardy for the remainder of the season, although it remains to be seen if the Italian side are willing to sell.

The 20-year-old scored for Italy under-21s in their clash with Iceland, which no doubt would have caught the eye of the Foxes scouts, who may well have unearthed another young star to go with the plethora of them already at the Premier League outfit.

Sottil made his Fiorentina debut just last year, and after a loan spell at Pescara towards the end of the previous season, he has broken through this term, catching the eye of a number of clubs, not least Leicester.

Given their start to the campaign, the Foxes are likely to spend a good chunk of the cash they inherited from the sale of Harry Maguire in the summer, so it could be a very busy month of players coming in at the King Power, possibly beginning with the young Italian.

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