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.
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 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.
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