Signing Nigel de Jong would seriously strengthen Leicester’s top four bid

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Leicester City have been linked with AC Milan’s Nigel de Jong.

According to a report in the Mirror, Leicester City are said to be lining up a £2 million January move for AC Milan’s out of favour midfielder Nigel de Jong.

The Foxes have surprised everyone this season, making a mockery of those who tipped them for relegation by topping the Premier League table after 15 games of the season.

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have been grabbing all of the headlines in terms of goals and assists, yet it has been a real team effort from Claudio Ranieri’s men with many other outstanding performances.

A Premier League title challenge may ultimately be out of their reach this season, though there is no reason to believe the Foxes won’t push hard for at least a European spot come next May.

They already hold a six-point advantage of sixth-placed Crystal Palace, and that could be extended to nine should they beat Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side on Sunday.

But in spite of their current success, question marks remain over the strength of Leicester’s squad and whether they could cope with injuries to key players.

Vardy and Mahrez are well-documented in that regard, but Danny Drinkwater and N’Golo Kante are just as important in the middle of midfield and setback to either player could derail Leicester.

That’s why strengthening in January would make sense, and if the recent reports in regards to Nigel de Jong are true, then it would be an extremely astute piece of business by the East Midlands outfit.

De Jong, 31, has Premier League experience with Manchester City, winning both the FA Cup and the league title during four-year stay at the Etihad Stadium.

The Holland international is renowned for his flying kick in the 2010 World Cup final, yet that eloquently sums up his fiery style of play in the middle of the park.

He would provide the perfect competition for N’Golo Kante for that defensive midfield role, and at £2 million it’s a bargain for a player with at least three more years at the top of his game.

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