Premier League leaders Leicester City had made a £9.8 million bid for Eder Citadin Martins, which was accepted by the Serie A side.
Report now claims that the Foxes leads the chase for the Italian striker amidst fierce competition from Inter Milan, another Serie A club.
Eder, who scored 12 goals in 19 Serie A appearances this season, will be holding contractual discussions with Leicester, although he could also speak to Inter should Roberto Mancini’s side submit an acceptable bid for the forward.
Leicester City had to increase their earlier offer to £10million after their £7.95m bid was rejected. Eder is an Italy international but is 29 so Leicester, though willing to hand him a three-year contract, do not want to bid beyond their value.
Furthermore it appears that Claudio Ranieri still has other transfer targets that his club is working on, such as Chelsea’s Loic Remy who can be a replacement for Andrej Kramaric.
The tinkerman had also rejected any notion that Leicester might sell Riyad Mahrez or Jaime Vardy, the two players forming a dynamic duo that is at the core of Leicester City’s brilliant run this season.
Compared to Leicester City, Inter Milan trails in Serie A at fourth place, tied with third-placed Fiorentina at 41 points, 6 behind league leaders Napoli. Sampdoria meanwhile hangs dangerously above the relegation zone by only five points.