Leicester City midfielder Daniel Amartey is allegedly close to a move away from the King Power.
According to Footballghana.com, Fulham have agreed a £6.5m fee with Leicester for the Ghanaian international.
The report states that the 24-year-old has held talks with manager Brendan Rodgers, and it has been made clear that the midfielder is surplus to requirements at the club this season.
Amartey has struggled to get into the first-team fold again after having to undergo ankle surgery from an injury in November last year. The ankle problem kept him out of the side for the entire season, yet he has been available this season but has not made a matchday squad in the first three league games.
While there may not be a place for Amartey in the long-term at Leicester, it is still hard to understand this rumour fully considering that the transfer window for Championship closed at the same time as the Premier League – and that includes loan deals.
According to a report from Leicestershire Live, the 24-year-old has also been linked to Club Brugge and Sheffield United over the past few months, however, in theory, the former is the only club the player could join before the winter transfer window.
The midfielder is likely to want to secure a move away from the club considering the options Leicester have in his positions. Even though Amartey is adaptable and can play at both defensive midfield and right-back, Leicester are well-stocked. Justin James – a highly-rated 21-year-old the club bought this summer from Luton for around £6m – is having to be content being back-up to Ricardo Pereira. In defensive midfield, the club have a lot of options including Wilfred Ndidi, Hamza Choudhury and Nampalys Mendy – who are all above the pecking order, just to be fighting for one spot.
This is a strange rumour considering that the deal could not be completed until January 1, therefore it is hard to see the truth in it.
That’s not to say that a deal cannot be completed for the versatile player, but it is going to have to wait until January or be abroad.
For Leicester, you can see why they would want to get rid and get him off the wage bill considering there are younger players who are more likely to play than him who are still not getting in the first-team.
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