Manchester United are interested in James Maddison but are wary that it is difficult to conclude big transfers in January.
Leicester City’s attacking midfielder has been linked with a move to United this month and he is a player who the club’s recruitment team have run the rule over this season.
Brendan Rodgers has insisted that no players from his Leicester squad will be sold in the January transfer window unless the club wants them to go.
But Maddison ticks the boxes for United’s scouts in terms of his age at 23, his footballing DNA, and the fact that he is a young English player, a goalscoring midfielder who can create opportunities for others around him.
United are short of players in midfield with Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba currently out injured and club chiefs are looking at players they could potentially bring into the squad this month.
However, United missed out on Erling Haaland, with the 19-year-old completing a move to Borussia Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg for around €20m (£17m).
Another question is whether there is a willingness on Maddison’s part to make the move before the summer.
Leicester appears to be a safer bet to secure Champions League football at present and he may decide to stay at the King Power Stadium will be better for his Euro 2020 chances with England.