Leicester City have received offers for West Brom, Southampton and Newcastle United target Hamza Choudhury but, as Brendan Rodgers told Sky Sports, a January departure is far from certain.
It is not just Leicester who will have been cursing the news that Dennis Praet faces three months on the sidelines.
Premier League trio West Brom, Southampton and Newcastle had all shown an interest in signing England U21 international Choudhury on loan until the end of the season (Express and Star).
But while the 23-year-old has struggled for game time at the King Power, playing just 70 minutes of football in 2020/21, Praet’s sudden absence might have catapulted Choudhury back into Rodgers’ plans.
“We are certainly not in a rush to move Hamza out but we respect that we have some players who are a bit further away from playing and may want to get some game time,” the Leicester manager explained after Praet’s injury was confirmed.
“I understand that and I want to support and help that, but I also have to look after the squad and make sure I have the right bodies here to do the job and finish what will be a busy second part of the season for us.
“There have been enquiries for Hamza but, as I say, we are not in any big rush at the moment until we see where the squad is going to be at.”
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has spent the last 12 months looking for an energetic, box-to-box midfielder capable of snapping into tackles and giving Jonjo Shelvey the freedom to go about his business further forward.
Choudhury, a tough-tackling defensive scrapper, would certainly fit the bill.
The Express and Star, however, reported that Choudhury would choose West Brom over Southampton and Newcastle.
A move to The Hawthorns, of course, would negate the need for the youngster to up sticks from his Midlands home.