According to the Guardian, Leicester are looking into the possibility of signing Italian striker Andre Petagna. Standing at 6 ft 2, he could give the Foxes a completely new dynamic in attack.
Currently on loan at SPAL from Atalanta, Petagna has had a fantastic season in Serie A, contributing to 41% of his team’s goals.
He certainly knows where the back of the net is and after his exceptional campaign, he could now make a move to the Premier League, per the Guardian. The report suggests that Leicester may be weighing up a bid of €20m (£17.25m) after sending scouts to watch the forward in action. He’s currently rated at £9m according to Transfermarkt.
Any possible transfer for the 23-year-old could be out of Leicester’s hands, though. SPAL have an option to buy in Petagna’s loan contract if they don’t get relegated which means the Foxes may miss out on their man.
Whenever Jamie Vardy has been paired with a striker it’s been a largely inconsistent tactic. Shinji Okazaki worked well alongside the Englishman but the likes of Ahmed Musa, Islam Slimani and Kalechi Iheanacho have failed to set the world alight playing with him.
However, the addition of Petagna could be exactly what both Leicester and Vardy are looking for.
By pairing the two of them together should he join, it would give them an intriguing plan B. Most of Vardy’s work is done in the channels but given that Petagna is a powerful forward known to drop deep and string passes to runners in front of him, he offers the former England man a very interesting partnership.
Vardy has predominantly had to make deal with long balls in behind during his time at Leicester but by having a striker closer to him who is used to being more creative, it has the potential to be deadly.
At SPAL and Atalanta, Petagna drops between the lines on regular occasions and this could be of great benefit for Leicester’s star striker. Vardy’s runs would create space for Petagna in turn.
Securing a forward shouldn’t be Leicester’s priority this summer but it would certainly give them an interesting new option and change of system to boot.