Leicester City target teenage talent in position they're desperately short

Yunus Akguen battles for possession with Jordan James during the Emirates FA Cup fourth round match between Leicester City and Birmingham City at the King Power Stadium.
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Leicester City are keen on Birmingham City’s teenage talent Jordan James but would face Premier League competition for his signature this summer.

City are short of attacking midfielders and it will be a priority position for them to strengthen in the transfer window. Nineteen-year-old James has been tipped for the top after an impressive eight goals in 42 Championship outings for the relegated Blues this season, with two of those finishes coming against City at St Andrew's in December.

Following Birmingham’s fall into League One, James is expected to be on the move this summer. And having impressed at such a young age, there is not a shortage of suitors for him.

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Journalist Alan Nixon has said City are interested but that West Ham currently lead the race, the Hammers’ new manager Julen Lopetegui having first shown an interest when at Wolves. Europa League winners Atalanta are also long-term fans of Wales international, having made offers for him in the January window.

City are desperate for new faces in midfield this summer. With Dennis Praet departing on a free transfer and Yunus Akgun not set to return to the club after his season-long loan, that leaves just Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Wilfred Ndidi.

However, Dewsbury-Hall is still at risk of being sold this summer to help the club comply with Profit and Sustainability regulations. Meanwhile, Ndidi is out of contract, and even if he signs a new deal, manager Enzo Maresca has hinted he could be used in a defensive role next season.

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