Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri has identified Olympiakos holding-man Luka Milivojevic as his number one target in the January transfer window, according to The Mirror.

The Italian is looking to bolster his ranks following a dismal start to the Foxes’ Premier League title defence which has seen them slip to 14th in the table after 12 games.

Recruitment in central midfield has become a priority for Leicester due to the continued absence through injury of Nampalys Mendy, who was drafted in over the summer to replace the Chelsea-bound N’Golo Kante.

Milivojevic has 19 caps for the Serbia national team and featured in the World Cup qualifier against Wales last weekend, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

At club level the 25-year-old has become a key man in the Olympiakos side, making 15 appearances already this term and scoring three goals in the process.

Leicester’s 2-1 defeat to Watford on Saturday was their sixth in the league this season, twice as many as they lost throughout the whole of their title-winning campaign.

They face Club Brugge in Group G of the Champions League on Tuesday knowing a point will see them qualify for the knockout stages with a game to spare.

However, Ranieri admitted after Saturday’s loss that relegation from the Premier League is now a real possibility for the Foxes and he will hope that their European exploits can give them the confidence to find some domestic form ahead of a packed Christmas fixture list.


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