City set to miss out on Deeney

Troy Deeney pollNigel Pearson has made at least 2 bids for Watford striker Troy Deeney. Bids of around £6 and £7m have been rejected by Watford.A host of Premier league teams including Everton and Burnley have been linked to the striker, who as we all remember did the nasty on us in that Play off Semi Final ! However it seems that QPR will pick up the player who scored 25 goals last season, and the price could be nearer to £10m.

David Nugent: Leicester striker out to prove Premier League point

Leicester City striker David Nugent is eager to prove his doubters wrong when he returns to the Premier League.

The 29-year-old signed a two-year deal this month after scoring 20 goals in 44 league starts last season to help the Foxes win the Championship title.

Nugent struggled in the top-flight earlier in his career, but feels he deserved a three-year deal from City.

David Nugent celebrates scoring for Leicester against Derby County

“I have got a lot of people to prove wrong but I think I can jump up to this level,” he told BBC Radio Leicester. “I can go to the Premier League and score the goals that we need to stay up”

I wanted three years. Hopefully if I score goals I can renegotiate a contract and stay here longer because I really love it here.

“In the end the contract got sorted. It was only two years, so I am a bit disappointed with that.I thought I deserved more years and I think most of the fans thought I deserved more. I wanted three years. Hopefully if I score goals I can renegotiate a contract and stay here longer because I really love it here.”

Sol Sol Bamba to return?

Leicester City are reportedly plotting a move to bring Ivory Coast centre-half Sol Bamba back to the club from Trabzonspor.

City aim to re-sign Bamba

The 29-year-old was offloaded to the Turkish side by Nigel Pearson in June 2012 as part of a cost-cutting exercise after making more than 50 appearances for the Foxes. However, Pearson is now ready to re-sign the defender for less than the £750,000 he sold him for as he plans for life in the Premier League after winning promotion last season. Bamba is in the final year of his contract in Turkey and Trabzonspor won’t stand in his way if City decide to follow-up their interest in the former fans favourite. He would be Pearson’s seventh summer signing after a close season in which the Foxes boss has already drafted in Leonardo Ulloa, Louis Rowley, Ben Hamer, Jack Barmby, Marc Albrighton and Matthew Upson to bolster his playing squad at the King Power Stadium.

Do YOU like the NEW Kit ?

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We sent 100%LCFC Editor Phil Holloway down to the King Power Stadium to check out the new kit. Watch the 100%LCFC TV video here and see for yourself if it is fit for the Premier League this 2014/15 season !?

It has bean a BIG BIG thumbs up from all the 100%LCFC team, and fans, but now to this weeks fans poll….

Daily Mail Views On Leicester City

New signings

Matthew Upson (Brighton, free), Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa, free), Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton, £7m), Ben Hamer (Charlton, free), Jack Barmby (Manchester United, free)

  

 

Positions need strengthening

The Foxes need reinforcements at centre back despite the signing of veteran Matthew Upson as well as another central midfielder and wideman. 

An experienced striker would also help Nigel Pearson’s men on their return to the top-flight following Kevin Phillips’ retirement, who is now a coach at the King Power stadium.


Reasons to be cheerful

The £7million signing of Leonardo Ulloa, who scored 23 goals in 50 league games for Brighton, should excite supporters.

Foxes fans will still be on a massive high having romped to the Championship title last season with 102 points.



Reasons to be fearful

Similarly to Burnley, also promoted last season, the Leicester squad lacks real Premier League experience having earned promotion with a number of relatively young players. 


Big pre-season fixtures

The Foxes take on Everton in Bangkok on Sunday before hosting the Toffees on the first day of the Premier League season.


 

FANZONE: Transfer Record, Wood, Formations, Kits and New Players.. Your weekly ‘fanseye’ view of all things LCFC

That’s the clubs transfer fee record smashed then!
Leonardo Ulloa becomes our most expensive player ever, and our Nige was chasing him for quite some time before Brighton finally gave in to his offer, so he must really believe in the lad.
If you believe the papers it’s said we paid between £7 or £8 million for the tall Argentinian Striker, and reaction to the deal amongst those who claim to know about these things is mixed. Fans of other Premier League sides are suggesting that we paid a lot of money for a player without Premier League experience, but I’d remind them that Ross McCormack cost Fulham £11 million just a couple of weeks ago. Strikers don’t come cheap, and Ulloa is big, strong and not afraid to mix it in the box to get his chance.
Nigel’s not been wrong many times in his transfer dealing, they’ll probably be saying he was a bargain by Christmas!!?

The jungle drums are beating to the tune of at least one more Striker heading for KP Stadium before our summer business is done. With Nugent, Vardy, Wood, Taylor-Fletcher, Hopper and now Ulloa all on board you’d imagine at least one of our current crop might be heading in the other direction. I read that Chris Wood might be the man to make way for the new arrivals, and I hope that’s not true. When he got his chance he stepped up and got goals last season, but if he’s not going to play this time around I suppose it’s only fair on the lad to allow him to find more regular Football.

So the new kit is out!! What do you all think of it?
Personally I really like it’s button down collar style and clean blue looks, with just a hint of Gold here and there.
The Gold lettering on the back for the players names and numbers looks very smart also, we are all going to look very dapper in our Premier League attire.
Of course you can’t please everyone, but the opinions I have heard around town are generally positive. Let’s hope the shirt brings us good luck, you never know, it might become a classic shirt to remember a vintage season.

So the lads are back in Thailand!
It was a strange quirk of the fixture computer that gave us Everton first match of the season, a team we are set to play this weekend in our owners home Country. As usual the welcome for our squad out there was warm and enthusiastic, and on the back of hammering Ilkeston 6-1 in our first pre season outing the Toffees must be in panic!
Though seriously if I was Nige I’d be playing my cards close to my chest in this warm up tie. Save the real hoodoo for the one that matters back at King Power on the 16th August.

Do you think we are weak in any areas of our squad?
I was pondering this with some fellow Foxes over our lunch break just this week. We came to the conclusion that we are fine up front, but could do with another Right Sided Defender and one more wide option amongst the ranks. Of course how many we need and in what position will partly depend on the formation Nigel and his staff opt for. Will it be last season’s most commonly used 4-4-2? Or the more fashionable 4-1-2-3 that so many of the big sides have adopted of late?
The good news is we all agreed looking at our squad we have quality throughout, and with the unity amongst our band of brothers, whoever does bolster the ranks will be coming to a tight and committed unit hell bent on having a good go!

Simon Mack’s weekly column can be found at: http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/

Old Skool pre season training

http://youtu.be/9mWcG8bXvN4

Why back in the early 1980s Jock Wallace, the tough Scottish then Leicester City manager, use the sand hills at Wanlip to get the City lads fit in pre season. Not one of the players favourite days so we hear !!

He also took them up to the Bradgate park hills and took them around there, oh how times have changed with the 2014 squad going to Austria and Thailand ….. It’s a Premier League pre season this year !!

Leicester linked with Tottenham Midfielder

Leicester City are set to make a loan move for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Lewis Holtby, according to eyefootball.com. The winger has previously been linked with QPR and Crystal Palace.

The 23-year old spent time away from Tottenham Hotpsur on loan at Fulham last term, and despite the Cottagers relegation the German impressed and with chances hard to come by at Spurs, Holtby may be looking for a move. Should Spurs be looking to sell the former Schalke man Leicester City would face tough competition from Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace for his signature.

It is unknown whether Spurs would show a preference to a loan or permanent move, with Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace wishing to sign Holtby on a permanent deal whereas Leicester City are reportedly weighing up a loan move.

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy is ready to face Everton on Sunday

Leicester City  striker Jamie Vardy

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy is ready to face Everton in Thailand on Sunday but new signing Matt Upson is struggling with a foot injury, manager Nigel Pearson has said.

Vardy missed Tuesday night’s pre-season opener at Ilkeston Town after picking up an injury in pre-season training but has returned to full training again in time for the trip to Bangkok.

However, Upson, who joined City on a free transfer from Brighton and Hove Albion, has a foot problem which has disrupted his pre-season preparations.

Riyad Mahrez and record signing Leonardo Ulloa also had a watching brief on Tuesday night, but both will link up with the squad for the trip to Thailand.

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