Sunderland eye late Ulloa swoop, Leicester don’t want to sell

Sunderland are eyeing an last-gasp swoop for Leicester City ace Leonardo Ulloa before tomorrow evening’s transfer deadline, The Evening Chronicle reports.

What’s the word?

After failing with a move for the 31-year-old forward on Deadline Day last summer, David Moyes’ Sunderland are reviving their interest in the Argentine striker once again as they look to bolster their squad for the relegation fight.

With the Black Cats set to receive £14m from Crystal Palace for Patrick Van Aanholt, Moyes will have some funds to invest into his side. Although the reports of a price for the striker were conflicting on Sunday, Sky Sports reported this morning than an offer of just £3m was rejected.

Moyes will have to improve his offer but he’s set for a difficult end to the transfer window, as limited funds will make it difficult for him to tick off a new striker, a replacement for Van Aanholt and a creative midfielder from his shopping list.

Will Leicester sell?

Just like last summer, Leicester City do not want to see Ulloa leave the King Power Stadium but their hand may be forced by the player’s wishes, as the Argentine has handed in a transfer request whilst he’s agent has been highly critical of Claudio Ranieri.

Starting just one Premier League game this season, it’s easy to see why Ulloa wants to leave. However, it’s easy to see Leicester’s stance too as there is a danger they could lose Islam Slimani to China- with reports last week suggesting a bid just shy of £40m could be made.

Leicester have their own relegation battle to worry about and will also have to prepare for the Champions League’s return this month, where they face Sevilla in the Round of 16.