The Rams are set to make a £4 million bid for Foxes star Matty James, according to the Daily Mail, as Gary Rowett begins his squad overhaul at the club.
The Derby boss is believed to be in the market for an accomplished central midfielder, and the 25-year-old Leicester man seems to fit the bill perfectly.
Matty James in action during his loan spell with Barnsley
He is an accomplished passer of the football, and highlighted his impressive composure and technique when in possession whilst on loan with Barnsley in the Championship last term.
And the Daily Mail claims that Derby chiefs were impressed with the midfielder last season, none more so than during the game in which he scored for the Tykes agent agents the Rams.
The report claims that whilst he has just one year remaining on his current deal at the King Power Stadium, Leicester are willing to offer him a new deal, but it is unclear as to whether they would accept the offer in the region of £4 million from their east Midlands rivals.
With less than a month before the new Championship season kicks off, this will be a deal that Rowett will surely want to complete sooner rather than later, to give James time to settle into his new surroundings.
And if Derby do manage to sign the Leicester man, it could turn out to be a real statement of intent from the Rams.
Derby manager Gary Rowett
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