According to talkSPORT, Leicester are one of a number of clubs targeting Leyton Orient’s Macauley Bonne, who was one of the stars of the National League this term as the O’s secured promotion.
Bonne was in absolutely exceptional form for Orient this season, scoring 23 goals in 46 matches as he helped his side climb back into the EFL.
His form now looks to have done enough to secure him a move to a higher level with talkSPORT claiming that Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester are set to battle it out for his signature.
Considering the number of clubs pursuing the striker, it’s unlikely negotiations will be straightforward.
Among those looking to sign the Zimbabwe international are newly promoted Sheffield United, as well as Charlton, Sunderland, Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough. TalkSPORT also report that the 23-year-old has a measly £200,000 release clause.
Given Leicester are a high-end Premier League club, it’s slightly questionable to see them going for a player of Bonne’s background.
However, it would not be the first time they’ve captured someone who has starred in non-league football.
Jamie Vardy is, of course, the player who springs to mind and it feels natural to make comparisons between him and Orient’s star man.
Both players started off at Football League clubs before having to take a step down.
Vardy famously made the leap from Fleetwood to the King Power and therefore, it’s highly unlikely the Foxes will have any concerns about Bonne being unable to do the same.
At 23, he could well be Vardy’s long-term replacement. Bonne has the ability to get in behind using his pace whilst he’s a fantastic poacher, regularly popping up with goals from inside the penalty area.
It’s that aspect of his game which makes him set for success at a higher level. If you know where the goal is and you can make intelligent runs to outfox defenders, you’re on the right track.
Watching Bonne’s performances this season that’s definitely evident and the Foxes could well be onto securing another top-notch talent from the lower leagues.