Leicester City have had a successful transfer window so far, bringing in several astute acquisitions, but now they must focus their attention on offloading their fringe players.
The likes of Dennis Praet and Ayoze Perez have been linked with moves away from the King Power Stadium throughout the summer to no avail, yet one man is still reportedly attracting strong interest from a potential suitor.
According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle United remain keen on securing Hamza Choudhury on a loan deal before the August 31 deadline and are pushing to get the deal over the line.
Choudhury was first identified as a target by the Magpies in January, and manager Steve Bruce is determined to finally secure his transfer target over the coming weeks.
After making his first-team debut for the Midlands outfit back in 2017, the £6.3m-rated youngster was tipped to have a very successful career by many impressed onlookers.
The former England Under-21 international has gone on to make 72 appearances for his boyhood club in the subsequent four years, although he’s never made more than ten Premier League starts in a single campaign.
He was criticised by former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder and TalkSPORT pundit Jamie O’Hara for a heavy challenge in the Young Lions’ European Under-21 Championships opener with France in 2019.
“It’s a silly tackle in his own box. It’s a red anywhere on the pitch. They’re going to struggle now to fill that role while he’s banned,” O’Hara said, and his progress has been stunted ever since.
The likes of Wilfried Ndidi and Youri Tielemans have kept Choudhury on the bench for large spells over the last couple of campaigns, limiting him to just 22 outings in all competitions throughout 2020/21, and the arrival of Boubakary Soumare is expected to force him further down the pecking order.
With Brendan Rodgers’ charges achieving consecutive fifth-place finishes and a maiden FA Cup crown under the Northern Irish tactician’s tutelage, it’s easy to understand why the Leicester manager has been so reluctant to give Choudhury more game time.
A hugely disappointing 6.19 WhoScored rating last term showcases he’s not currently good enough to force his way into the starting XI at the King Power Stadium, meaning a temporary move away could be the best solution for all parties.