Di Marzio’s report claims that Inter Milan and Leicester are locked in a two-horse race for the forward, with his agents England-bound as they look to discuss a potential switch to the Premier League.
The 29-year-old has been in sparkling form for Sampdoria this season, scoring 12 goals and adding a further two assists in 19 Serie A starts.
Eder is versatile and can play in a range of positions in the final third, making him an intriguing option for Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri as he seeks to bolster his ranks this month.
The Foxes currently top the Premier League table, three points ahead of both Manchester City and Arsenal. While a title hilt may be just a little beyond them this season, a top four spot and ensuing Champions League football becomes a more realistic prospect with each passing week.
Bringing in a player who can compete with Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy in the forward positions is a smart move by the club, even if Eder, 29, only represents a short-term option.
The Daily Mail reported earlier today that the Foxes have made an improved bid of £10 million after seeing an initial approach rejected, and the latest Italian reports hints a deal could be close amid talks.
Eder is a full Italy international despite being born in Brazil, making his debut for the Azzurri last March.