Last month it was reported in the Telegraph that West Brom and Villa had made approaches to Sako, who is out-of-contract this summer, although they were put off by his excessive wage demands.
The 27-year-old winger has yet to appear in the Premier League, and it was stated that he was refusing to settle for anything less than the £50,000-per-week he was requesting. Despite impressing in both League One and the Championship, that is a large wage packet to pay someone who may not be able to make the step up to the top flight.
This had led to a deal stalling for Sako, with the Baggies and Villa unwilling to commit to that contract, but the latest update suggests that Leicester have now moved to the forefront of the queue to agree a deal with the Malian international.
There are no indications that he has accepted a lower wage to close in on a move to the King Power Stadium, and if the Foxes are willing to match his demands, it is a clear statement of intent that Nigel Pearson wants to establish the club in the Premier League, by securing transfer targets ahead of their more illustrious rivals.