Manchester United forward Tom Lawrence has already been linked with a loan move to Leicester City as the transfer deadline nears, but now it’s emerged that the newly-promoted club want to make the deal permanent.
With teammate Nick Powell also looking set to join Nigel Pearson's side on loan, it had been expected that Lawrence would be going to the King Power Stadium in a similar deal, but Sky Sports claim that the Foxes want to secure the Wales under-21 international’s services for the long-term.
Having come up through the club’s youth system, Lawrence was given his full league debut by Ryan Giggs at the end of last season, starting alongside fellow academy product James Wilson in the 3-1 win over Hull City.
Previously enjoying loan spells at Carlisle United and Yeovil Town last season, the 20-year-old signed a new “long-term” contract at Old Trafford earlier this summer, but has not featured under boss Louis van Gaal so far this term.
Looking to secure regular first-team minutes elsewhere, several United prospects have made the switch to Leicester in the past for the same reasons, including current squad members Danny Drinkwater, Ritchie De Laet and Matty James.
Whether the club’s bid to sign Lawrence on a permanent deal will be knocked back remains to be seen, but, with Van Gaal boasting a plethora of attacking talent at his disposal, a move would make clear sense for the 2014-15 campaign at least.
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