Leicester City eye costly but 'classy' Celtic man to fill Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall's boots

Matt O'Riley contributed 19 goals and 18 assists for Celtic this season
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Leicester City plan to “join the race” for Celtic midfield star Matt O’Riley, it has been claimed.

Foxes boss Steve Cooper is looking to add the classy star as a replacement for Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, says The Sun’s transfer specialist Alan Nixon, who claims the 23-year-old would replace the goals and assists they will miss with Dewsbury-Hall’s £30million move to Chelsea.

The report says Celtic want a whopping £50million for O’Riley, which is said to be a fee that has already put off Brighton. The Scottish Sun, however, reports that the Hoops want a Scottish record fee of over £25m for the Denmark midfielder – significantly less than the latest quoted figures.

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O’Riley is also claimed to be wanted by his former MK Dons boss Russell Martin at Southampton – also newly promoted back to the Premier League like Leicester – as well as several other English top-flight sides.

The report concludes that the Foxes “may need to pay more than the money they made on Dewsbury-Hall’s move” to land O’Riley and will be at “full stretch” to pull that deal off.

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