Leicester City are preparing to enter into a weekly-wage bidding-war with Tottenham Hotspur in order to secure the services of Hull City defender Harry Maguire, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Foxes endured an indifferent season under the guidance of former boss Claudio Ranieri before Craig Shakespeare replaced the Italian at the helm and steadied what had the potential to be a sinking ship.
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However, a difficult opening to the campaign, maybe partly down to the distraction of Champions League football, meant the Midlands club could only finish 12th during their defence of the Premier League title.
Leicester will be keen to improve on the 2016/17 term next year but will have to address certain areas of the squad to do so, with the back four a particular focal point due to the ageing pairing of 33-year-old Wes Morgan and 32-year-old Robert Huth.
The Foxes’ championship winning side was built around the solidity of their defensive pairing, however both showed frailties over this year’s term and Shakespeare sees Hull’s Maguire as the perfect replacement.
The 24-year-old retained credibility during a disappointing season at the KCOM Stadium in which the Tigers dropped out of England’s top-flight alongside Middlesbrough and Sunderland.
The former England Under-21 international, who has just 12 months remaining on his current deal at the club, impressed many during his 29 league appearances, achieving a 75% successful challenge ratio and winning 205 out of his 303 duels throughout the season.
However, if Leicester are to secure the signing of the highly-touted defender they will have to outbid the wages offered from Champions League-bound Tottenham, who will surely have bigger pulling power with the offer of football amongst Europe’s elite.
Mauricio Pochettino will look to bolster his squad this summer and likes young players that he can help reach their potential.
Maguire certainly fits the mould and would be tempted by the allure of Champions League football at Tottenham.