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Exclusive – Leicester are poised to let winger Demarai Gray leave the club in January and keep his eyes on Celtic winger Ryan Christie or Reading talent Michael Olise as potential replacements to strengthen Brendan Rodgers’ options in wide areas.
Having joined Leicester in January 2016, Gray is among the last seven survivors of the Foxes’ 2015/16 Premier League title-winning team. But he is out of contract in June and his only action in 2020/21 has been in the Carabao Cup or with the Under-23 team in the Premier League 2.
January is the last chance Leicester has to charge even a nominal fee for the 24-year-old before he is released as a free agent at the end of the season.
Despite your inaction, 90min He has learned that Tottenham is one of the Premier League clubs interested in Gray, in addition to Everton, Southampton and Crystal Palace.
There are also overseas clubs keeping an eye on him and overseas moves have become more common for British players in recent years.
Leicester have been disappointed by the summer loan from Cengiz Under, who has failed to achieve a regular spot in the Premier League and only has one goal to his name, and is looking to other wingers to bring in as Gray prepares to leave.
90min He understands that Celtic’s Christie is a player that Leicester and Rodgers really like; the Leicester manager worked with the Scottish international during his time in charge at Parkhead.
Christie, 25, has made an impact since returning from a two-year loan in Aberdeen in 2018 and is now considering his options as interest from clubs in England grows.
Christie only has a contract with Celtic until 2022 and has shown no willingness to sign an extension. You know there is interest south of the border. But while Leicester is especially interested, Leeds, Newcastle and Southampton are also watching closely.
The other winger Leicester particularly admires is Olise in Reading. The 19-year-old Frenchman left the ranks of the Royals academy and entered the first team in February of last season. He appeared in all 19 Reading league games in 2020/21, starting 14 of them.
Leicester would like to reach an agreement in January, but Reading is believed to be seeking a price above £ 30 million to separate from Olise and that could make things difficult.