Report: Leicester chasing West Brom's Gareth McAuley on free transfer

The defender is in demand by the Foxes, despite the Baggies being eager to extend his contract.

West Bromwich Albion defender Gareth McAuley is being chased by former club Leicester City, according to the Express and Star.

He played 84 times for City earlier in his career, and there will now be a tussle for the player's future between the two Midlands sides, with the report saying McAuley could be set to reject West Brom's opening one-year contract offer

The giant centre back has been a key man for the Baggies over the last four seasons, even though his number of appearances took a slight dip this past season, despite being reinstated to the starting lineup under Tony Pulis.

Before the campaign just gone, the Northern Ireland international had only missed 14 Premier League games in three years. But the first 14 games of the season saw him on the bench under Alan Irvine, before he won his place back against Hull at the start of December 2014, and going on to start all but one of the remaining league matches.

Now 35, he is clearly highly thought of by Irvine's replacement Pulis, but with his contract due to expire this summer, the Foxes have gotten in touch about signing a player they had on their books for couple of season nearly ten years ago.

Nigel Pearson will be eager to convince the defender that he will be an important player if he was to move back to the King Power Stadium, and it remains to be seen where McAuley's future lies.

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