Huddersfield target Shinji Okazaki reportedly wants Leicester City exit

Manager Claude Puel during the Leicester City press conference at King Power Stadium on August 9th , 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom.

Shinji Okazaki could potentially join Huddersfield Town after starting one Premier League game for Leicester City all season.

Shinji Okazaki of Leicester City (front) celebrates as he scores their first goal with an overhead kick during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Newcastle United...

Huddersfield Town are crying out for a centre-forward. But you already knew that.

The Terriers have a decent back line, an impressive midfield and a few lively wingers but the lack of a reliable striker looks set to cost David Wagner’s side their Premier League status.

Huddersfield are eight points from safety after a typically goalless draw against Cardiff City on Saturday, meaning they have scored just 13 goals in 22 games.

 

But could Shinji Okazaki make a much needed difference in attack? According to Sky Sports, David Wagner has identified the Japan international as a potential target in the January transfer window.

And, after starting just one Premier League game all season and having been left out of the 2-1 home defeat to Southampton at the weekend, Sky reports that Okazaki could be open to a move to Huddersfield as he wants to bid farewell to the King Power Stadium.

Robert Huth (L) of Leicester City celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mate Shinji Okazaki (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and...

The Terriers face a problem, however, with the report adding that Leicester want to keep the 32-year-old due to a lack of depth at centre-forward.

Okazaki joined The Foxes in a £7.5 million deal from Bundesliga outfit Mainz in 2015 (The Independent) and he was a key player as Claudio Ranieri’s side won the Premier League three years ago.

Leicester City's Japanese striker Shinji Okazaki poses for photos during a press conference at King Power Stadium on July 24, 2015 in Leicester, England.

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