Report: Leicester City plan to re-open talks for Mainz striker Shinji Okazaki this summer

Nigel Pearson is reportedly planning to make a fresh attempt to sign £8million-rated Mainz striker Shinji Okazaki this summer.

Leicester City’s revival in recent weeks has seen them move off the bottom of the Premier League and edge close to securing safety after a remarkable burst of form which has seen them move three points clear of the relegation zone.

The Foxes have won six out of their last seven league games, having won just four of their first 29 matches after winning the Championship title at a canter last season.

It seems Nigel Pearson’s men have timed their run to safety perfectly and now have all the momentum required to finish off the job in their final two fixtures, against Sunderland and already relegated QPR.

It has been Pearson’s lack of fear to field plenty of attack-minded players that has seen them get out of danger. He has often fielded three natural strikers with pace and power, something which has caused opposition defences all sorts of headaches.

Leicester have had Leonardo Ulloa, Jamie Vardy, David Nugent and, since January, former Chelsea target Andrej Kramaric to choose from. It is a strike-force which spoils Pearson with options, especially for a promoted club.

The quartet have managed 20 league goals between them, which appears to have been enough to keep the Foxes afloat. But Pearson is not finished there, he knows he needs more quality in that area in order to push on next season.

According to the Telegraph, he has plans to re-open talks with Mainz striker Shinji Okazaki about a possible £8million transfer, having failed to secure his services back in January.

The 29-year-old is a livewire, who likes to stretch defences by running into the channels. He has out-scored all of Leicester’s strikers on an individual level this season, netting 12 times as Mainz sit in mid-table in the Bundesliga.

The Japan international would be a shrewd acquisition for Leicester as he suits their energetic and fast-paced style.

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