David Brooks is expecting serious interest from Leicester, with Manchester United falling behind in the hunt to sign the Bournemouth winger, according to a report.
Brooks is a target for both clubs as they look to bolster their attacks before the end of the transfer window.
For United, the Wales international is among the list of alternatives to Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho. According to the Manchester Evening News, however, Leicester see him as a serious target.
As such, with United pressing ahead for Sancho, the newspaper claims they have fallen behind in the hunt for Brooks.
The Cherries forward is expecting a firm offer from the Foxes in the “coming weeks”. Indeed, a suitable bid could succeed, given Bournemouth’s soft resistance to departures.
Callum Wilson has joined Newcastle, while Joshua King is a strong target for Aston Villa. Former winger Ryan Fraser, meanwhile, has also moved to St James’ Park.
What’s more, United’s insistence on a move for Sancho means Brooks is more likely to move to the King Power Stadium, should Leicester make an offer.
Leicester would have until October 16 to negotiate with Bournemouth, with a window for trades between Premier League and EFL clubs starting on October 5.
Meanwhile, United have encountered several problems with negotiations over a deal for their top target. Dortmund want £108million for Sancho, a fee the Red Devils feel is unrealistic.
Furthermore, one report claimed the price of the deal could skyrocket to £208million, with wages and agents’ fees.
More recently, though, United reportedly agreed to begin more “respectful” talks over a transfer.
SOLSKJAER LEAVES DOOR OPEN FOR MAN UTD DUO
Elsewhere, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly offered two defenders a lifeline ahead of the new season.
Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo both face uncertain futures, given their respective loan spells last season.
However, with the Red Devils’ pursuit of a new centre-back on hold, the pair could now be in line for a resurgence.