Could Nigel Pearson bring Matty James to Norwich City if appointed at Carrow Road?

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson celebrates at full time

Pearson, who has reportedly thrown his hat into the ring to become Norwich City's next boss, signed James for Leicester City five years ago.

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson celebrates at full timeFormer Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson celebrates

Former Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has reportedly thrown his hat in the ring to become the new boss of Norwich City (Eastern Daily Press).

Roy Hodgson, Alan Pardew and Stuart Pearce are also thought to be in contention to replace Alex Neil, but whoever gets the nod is likely to want to strengthen one area in particular.

Norwich have relied heavily upon Alex Tettey and Johnny Howson in recent weeks, with Youssouf Mulumbu and Graeme Dorrans both absent.

And with Mulumbu out of contract at the end of the campaign, a new central midfielder could be top of the new man's shopping list.

One in particular is likely to be of interest to Pearson, having impressed on loan to Saturday's opponents Barnsley this season after spending 18 months on the sidelines.

Leicester's Matty James was signed by Pearson in 2012, and was a regular under the 53-year-old as the Foxes lost a play-off final, won the second tier and escaped relegation against all odds.

James' injury could not have come at a worse time, however, ruling the former Manchester United man out of Leicester's shock title-winning campaign, and it's clear the Foxes have grown without him.

Matty James of Barnsley (L) and Danny Ward of Rotherham United in actionMatty James in action for Barnsley

With less than 18 months left on his deal, it's plausible that James could be lured away from the King Power Stadium this summer, and appointing Pearson could bump Norwich to the front of the queue to sign him.

Would James be a good addition for Norwich?

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