Ipswich, Cardiff, Blackburn tracking Leicester youngster Tom Lawrence

Leicester City

The former Manchester United striker could be heading to the Championship on loan.

20-year-old Lawrence completed a deadline day switch to the King Power Stadium, signing a four-year contract with the newly promoted Premier League side for a reported £1 million fee.

Nothing more than a back-up option, Lawrence arrived following Nigel Pearson’s failed bids for Ipswich’s David McGoldrick and Watford’s Troy Deeney, and the Welsh youth international has yet to make his debut.

Having started his career with Manchester United, Lawrence progressed through the Red Devils academy, signing on loan with Carlisle United in October 2013 until January 2014. The forward scored three goals in nine games for the League One side, before making the step up into the Championship at the end of January 2014. He scored two goals in 19 games in the second division with Yeovil Town, before he was recalled to Old Trafford by interim head coach Ryan Giggs.

It was Giggs who gave the youngster his debut, naming him in the starting XI of the Red Devils 3-1 victory over Hull City in May, although he was substituted in the 70th minute for Giggs himself.

However, with the appointment of Louis van Gaal over the summer, and a host of high-profile attacking arrivals, it appeared as if first-team opportunities would become more limited at Old Trafford, and Lawrence opted to join Championship champions Leicester City.

Despite the switch, he has yet to feature for the Foxes, and Sky Sports - quoted by TWTD - is reporting that he may be allowed to leave on loan, with Ipswich, Blackburn Rovers and Cardiff said to be interested in the youngster.

A move would be wise for Lawrence, with first-team opportunities in the Championship likely to be the catalyst which secures playing time in the Premier League in the new year.

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