Three Leicester City players Nigel Pearson could sign for Derby County

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson

Former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson is the favourite to takeover at Derby County.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson

With Nigel Pearson reportedly set to become Derby County’s next manager, we take a look at three players he could sign from former club Leicester City.

Matty James

Leicester City's Matty James with the trophy as he celebrates winning the Barclays Premier League

James played a key role for Leicester during their time in the Premier League under Nigel Pearson, before injury struck.

The central-midfielder picked up a serious knee problem towards the back end of the 2014/15 campaign, and did not feature as Leicester won the top flight title last season.

In his absence, Danny Drinkwater and N’Golo Kante have formed a brilliant partnership at the King Power Stadium, and James may now have to be content to be back-up.

Whether the former Manchester United man will be happy with a rotational role remains to be seen, but a chance to reunite with Pearson could be tempting.

Liam Moore

Mansfield Town's Matt Green and Leicester City's Liam Moore

The young defender has been tipped to be one of Leicester’s brightest prospects, but he has not managed to break into their first-team yet.

The England youth international has gone on a series of loan spells in the last few seasons, and a permanent move may be best for his development now.

Ritchie De Laet

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez in action with Leicester City's Ritchie De Laet

De Laet is another player who started this past campaign in Leicester’s starting line-up, but was replaced by Christian Fuchs.

Fuchs then went on to have a wonderful season, and De Laet was deemed surplus to requirements.

The Belgian defender was loaned out to Middlesbrough, and he could be allowed to leave the King Power Stadium this summer - with Derby potentially interested if he is available.

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