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.
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
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.