Anthony Knockaert can give Ipswich Town huge promotion boost

Portman Road - Ipswich Town

Anthony Knockaert is out of favour with Premier League side Leicester City, but would be a great signing for any Championship side.

Anthony Knockaert has been limited to just nine Premier League appearances for The Foxes this season, with six of those coming from the bench. The 23-year-old was a key player for Nigel Pearson's side in the Championship, laying on many goals for the likes of David Nugent and Jamie Vardy.

However, he has fallen out of favour this season and now Ipswich Town are thought to be interested in bringing him in on a temporary deal. The Leicester Mercury has reported that The Tractor Boys have made an approach to take the former Guingamp player on loan.

Knockaert joined Leicester in 2012 on a three-year-deal and with that set to run out this summer, he finds himself playing for his future. The creative midfielder scored 16 goals in his first two seasons at the club and would clearly be a valuable asset for Ipswich if they can bring him in.

Ipswich have had a great season under Mick McCarthy and remain in contention for a top-two place that would see them return to the top flight for the first time since 2002. They are currently in fourth place, three points off the automatic promotion spots.

The Tractor Boys have already made two loan signings in the last week, bringing in Luke Varney from Blackburn Rovers and Richard Chaplow from Millwall. Both arrived on month-long deals as they look to bulk up the squad for the end of season run-in.

It remains to be seen whether Pearson would allow Knockaert to leave the club on loan. Leicester City will need to be able to call on all their players as they fight for survival in the Premier League. The Frenchman's creativity could be the spark they need. He is capable of producing something out of nothing, and has scored a fair few screamers in his time. He would be a valuable asset for Ipswich for sure, but he could also still be of great importance for Leicester.

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