Cape Town - Leicester City are busy with the pursuit of Metz striker Habibou
Diallo, who has been lighting up Ligue 1 in recent weeks, according to reports
The Foxes are understood to be keen to add to their
attacking options in January to ease the pressure on Jamie Vardy.
Rangers star Alfredo Morelos had been mentioned as a target,
but the Ibrox club have recently issued a hands-off warning and it seems as if
Leicester are weighing up other options.
Leicester have been linked with Diallo previously and could
be ready to step up their interest with Morelos seemingly out of reach for the
Diallo helped fire Metz to promotion last season with 26
goals in 37 Ligue 2 games and he has carried over his impressive form into the
The 24-year-old former Brest star has been in sensational
form for Metz this season and he has eight Ligue 1 goals in just 13 games for
the side sat in 17th place in the French topflight.
It has been suggested Metz value Diallo at around £10 million
but they may demand a higher fee in an inflated January market, particularly
given his scoring exploits this season.
Diallo is under contract at the Stade Saint-Symphorien until
2022 so the French outfit are in a fairly strong bargaining position, and there
are a number of clubs said to be keen.
There is likely to be further interest from the Premier
League as both Norwich City and Newcastle United have been linked, while
Chelsea and Tottenham are also thought to have sent scouts to see the striker
in action for Les Grenats.
- TeamTalk Media