Why Norwich City should strike a loan deal with Leicester for £9m ace Kramaric

Leicester City striker Andrej Kramaric has been struggling for games.

Norwich City have a big three weeks ahead of them and their Premier League status could depend on how well positioned they are come 4 February.

Alex Neil’s side have two tricky back-to-back away games against Stoke City and Bournemouth before hosting top four challengers Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Carrow Road.

With fellow relegation contenders Sunderland, Newcastle United and of course Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth strengthening this month, Norwich may feel slightly under pressure.

Heading into the transfer window, many suggested that a centre-back and a new striker were the two key positions to strengthen but the latter seems to have now taken on added importance.

Lewis Grabban departed the club to join Bournemouth, while the Cherries also pipped their fellow newly-promoted side to the signing of Benik Afobe from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Options are slightly limited due to Norwich’s current position in the table, yet one player they should make a move for is Leicester City’s out of favour forward Andrej Kramaric.

The highly-rated Croatian joined the Foxes for £9million last January, as reported by Sky Sports, and boss Claudio Ranieri has even admitted he would like to see him play regularly out on loan.

“If he stays I think he loses another six months. In my team it is difficult because I prefer Leonardo Ulloa, Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki as the three strikers,” the Italian coach told Sky Sports.

Kramaric, 24, can play in a range of roles up front and is a renowned scorer, finding the net 37 times in 42 appearances for Rijeka before joining the Foxes last season.

Norwich may well wish to seek a permanent addition, but considering Kramaric’s availability they would be wise to loan him in even if it is to temporarily boost their striking options.

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