Paul Merson believes Sunderland had no chance of signing Leicester City's Leonardo Ulloa

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Leicester City rejected all of Sunderland's bid for striker Leonardo Ulloa in January.

Leicester City's Leonardo Ulloa looks dejected

Paul Merson has told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show, which was broadcast on TalkSPORT on 15th February, that Leicester City striker Leonardo Ulloa should have known better than attempting to manoeuvre a transfer to Sunderland in the January transfer window.

Ulloa did all he could to force through a move away from Leicester, with Sunderland the most interested team.

The target-man was eager to play regular football again, and Sunderland made three offers for him on deadline day.

However, Leicester turned down the Black Cats’ advances - and Merson believes that there was no chance the transfer was ever going to go ahead.

“He should have known better. [Claudio] Ranieri couldn’t sell him to Sunderland. If he had gone and he scored 10 goals and Sunderland stayed up and Leicester went down, it would have been unreal,” Merson said.

Ulloa is now reportedly set to be recalled to Leicester’s starting line-up (Daily Mail), with Ranieri’s side struggling badly for points.

Leicester are in awful form, and currently lie just above the Premier League’s relegation zone.

Sunderland, meanwhile, are also struggling against the drop - with David Moyes’ sat at the bottom of the table at the moment.

Leicester City's Leonardo Ulloa in action with Swansea's Leroy Fer

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