Leicester star follows in footsteps of West Ham striker, joins Alexis Sanchez

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Leicester City striker Leonardo Ulloa is reportedly set to represent Chile.

Leicester City's bright start to the season has tailed off in recent weeks, with the goals severely drying up after their 5-3 demolition of Manchester United.

The recent drought has seem them fail to hit the back of the net in four of the last five games, with £8m summer signing Leonardo Ulloa struggling all of a sudden.

The former Brighton man got off to a blistering start in the top flight, hitting five goals in the first five games - but hasn't found the net since.

Early season talk of an Argentina call-up has unsurprisingly died down, but that doesn't mean that the 28-year-old is out of the international picture.

According to reports originating in South America, Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli - an Argentine himself - has convinced Ulloa to switch his international allegiance and play for Chile.

This is the exact same situation we saw last month, with Chile adding West Ham striker Mauro Zarate to their squad despite him being from Argentina.

Ulloa qualifies for Chile through his grandmother, and could now feature for Sampaoli in the coming months, especially with Copa America on the horizon - which will be hosted by Chile.

It means that Ulloa will now link up with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Eduardo Vargas, Arturo Vidal and Mauricio Isla, whilst he offers something quite different to Sampaoli's side.

Blessed with small, pacey forwards like Sanchez, Vargas and now Zarate, Chile have lacked a true centre forward - even with Manchester United loanee Angelo Henriquez impressing with Dinamo Zagreb.

Ulloa offers height and physicality, and that's something that could be a game-changer for Chile as they look to spring a shock on Argentina and Brazil by winning Copa America in 2015.

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