Leicester City are set to make an offer for former Feyenoord winger Liandro Martis in order to beat Manchester United to the player, sources have told TEAMtalk.com.
Premier League champions Leicester and Manchester United were alerted to free agent Martis after he caught the eye as a trialist in a game for Oldham Athletic earlier this month.
The skilful winger scored a superb solo goal in Oldham’s pre-season friendly defeat to Preston and both Leicester and United offered Martis the chance to train with them off the back of his impressive display for Oldham.
Oldham have already offered Martis a deal at Boundary Park, but the player is now weighing up his options after enjoying training stints at the two Premier League clubs.
The 20-year-old spent time training with Manchester United’s U23’s after a stint with Leicester and Martis impressed the coaching staff at both clubs.
Martis also got on the scoresheet for a Leicester City XI in a friendly against Chesterfield, catching the eye with a sweet strike into the top corner.
Leicester are ready to offer Martis a deal with the idea of sending him out on loan to get regular first-team experience under his belt, while Manchester United did want an extended look at him with view to join up with the club’s Under-23s before trying to progress into the first-team at Old Trafford.
It is understood that United are still interested in the player, but the Foxes are trying to beat them with this formal offer.
“I went into Leicester for a day and felt comfortable and got an offer,” Martis told TEAMtalk.com last week.
“Then I went into Manchester United for a week and received good feedback from Warren Joyce and could have earned a deal had I waited, but I just want to get my career started.
“I am confident in my ability and after training with the group at Manchester United, including players like (Bastian) Schweinsteiger, I believe one day I can play at that level.
“I’ve played a number of games to obtain fitness and have done well. I played against League Two Crewe and scored and laid on an assist and then played in a game with Tranmere where I help set up a number of goals, before I went Oldham and scored against a championship Preston. Oldham have offered me a deal and we have been in negotiations for two weeks.
“I am nearing a decision on my future and I want to make the right decision for the next stage of my career.”