Danny Drinkwater has reportedly turned down a new and improved £80,000-a-week contract with the champions Leicester.
The 26-year-old, who played 35 times in the Foxes’ title-winning side last term, still has two years left to run on the £30,000-per-week contract he penned in 2014.
According to The Sun, Leicester want to bring him in line with their top earners and are keen to secure the former Man Utd man on a long-term deal. But Drinkwater’s representatives are said to have knocked back City’s £80,000-a-week offer and Tottenham Hotspur are believed to be monitoring the situation.
Spurs have already drafted in central midfielder Victor Wanyama this summer but they are believed to be tracking Drinkwater, who missed out on a place in the England squad for Euro 2016. And with just two weeks of the transfer window remaining they could see Drinkwater as a useful addition to their squad.
Meanwhile, Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri believes Drinkwater can convince new England boss Sam Allardyce to pick him for their World Cup qualifying campaign with dominant displays in the Champions League.
“Danny is a fantastic midfielder. He can now show his quality in the Champions League, I’m very happy with him,” he said.
“The biggest difference from Latin players to English players is this, maybe the Latin players slow down, are very disappointed and don’t react immediately, the English players after one hour say ‘come on, react’ and they react.
“I think if the player has a very good Champions League then maybe. Maybe he has a good chance. That would be a very good show against the best teams in Europe.”