Report: Sunderland aim to beat Premier League rivals in race for Rico Henry

Rico Henry of Walsall (L) in action with Robbie Weir of Burton Albion

Leicester City and Sunderland are reportedly keen on Walsall defender Rico Henry.

Reading's Oliver Norwood and Walsall's Rico Henry in actionReading's Oliver Norwood and Walsall's Rico Henry in action

According to The Mirror, Leicester City and Sunderland have both joined the race to sign Walsall defender Rico Henry this summer.

Both teams will be in the market for very different reasons this summer, as Leicester will be hoping to add to their squad ahead of their debut Champions League campaign next season, whilst Sunderland need new faces to make sure they aren't in yet another relegation battle next term.

Rico Henry of Walsall (L) in action with Robbie Weir of Burton AlbionRico Henry of Walsall (L) in action with Robbie Weir of Burton Albion

Despite the two teams needing some players to make an immediate impact, they are being linked with one of the brightest young prospects in the Football League.

The Mirror (13:36) report that Leicester and Sunderland have now entered the battle for the signature of Walsall left back Rico Henry during this summer's transfer window.

Sunderland manager Sam AllardyceSunderland manager Sam Allardyce

It's claimed that Arsenal, Brighton, Hull, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur have all watched Henry ahead of possible moves for the teenager this summer, but now Leicester and Sunderland are also in the mix.

Henry, 18, has come up through the ranks at Walsall, and his former manager Dean Smith even told BBC Sport that he felt Henry was similar to former Arsenal, Chelsea and England star Ashley Cole - high praise for the teenage prospect.

Leicester City manager Claudio RanieriLeicester City manager Claudio Ranieri

With the future of Leicester's own teenage left back Ben Chilwell in question, Henry could be seen as a direct replacement, whilst he would serve as competition for Patrick van Aanholt at Sunderland under Sam Allardyce should the Black Cats win the race.

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