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Inside Football: We've heard who's leaving Leicester City, but who's coming in?

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Leicester City fans are all asking the same question this summer: 'Who are we going to sign?' So far, the transfer rumour mill has been slow to turn, especially when it comes to possible arrivals at King Power Stadium. All the talk about City has been of possible exits, with seven players being made available for transfer. There has barely been any suggestion of possible targets, but manager Nigel Pearson is still expected to be busy this summer as he strengthens his squad ahead of another push for promotion. Pearson has shown in the past that he prefers to work with youth, signing young and hungry players he can mould. He has repeatedly stated that he will not be throwing huge sums of money around as he recruits, regardless of the introduction of Financial Fair Play. He simply does not believe in that approach. So, who will City be signing? We don't know, but let's look at some of the options, bearing in mind the blueprint Pearson has, just for fun. There is no suggestion that these players are targets for City. There is no shortage of gifted young players around, despite England's dismal performance in the European Under-21 Championship suggesting otherwise.Attack Charlie Austin must be one of the most sought-after strikers in the Championship after his sensational season, made more remarkable considering Burnley struggled to make any impact themselves. The 23-year-old would not come cheap, with some reports suggesting a £7million price tag has been slapped on him. But he has one year remaining on his contract and the Clarets may take a lower figure. Either way, it would be a bold step from Pearson and City to push the boat out that far. But goalscorers are worth their weight in gold, and it may be worth the gamble, however unlikely. Another young striker with potential is Bristol City's Sam Baldock. The 24-year-old struggled to make the grade at West Ham after his move from MK Dons and joined Bristol City last summer, but impressed in what was otherwise a dismal season for the Robins, scoring 10 goals. He has two years left to run at Ashton Gate but the Robins may sell. He certainly fits into Pearson's preferred category of young, hungry and full of potential. How about an ambitious move for Adam Le Fondre of Reading? Now aged 26, it seems for years clubs were looking at him at Rotherham, including City, without anyone making the move, until Reading did. The Robins will no doubt see him as vital in their bid to return to the Premier League, but he would guarantee goals in this division. Pearson could go for more experienced strikers, such as Kevin Doyle and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake of Wolves, or Marlon King, who is being allowed to leave Birmingham, or even someone like Grant Holt at Norwich.Midfield It seems certain Pearson will try to bolster his engine room this summer with a central midfielder and possibly another wide man. Nathan Redmond at Birmingham is a winger who has caught the eye since breaking into the first team and has earned England Under-21 honours. With Birmingham's financial problems, it seems anyone is up for sale at St Andrew's. Or how about Will Hughes at Derby? The teenager caught everyone's attention last season when he played 37 consecutive games for the Rams and showed maturity beyond his years. Jacob Mellis at Barnsley was another young midfielder who matured last season, while Bakary Sako of Wolves had two excellent games against City last year. The 25-year-old has a gifted left foot and would be a real wildcard.Defence Pearson has probably targeted a centre-back and someone who could also cover at full-back, with reports Newcastle's James Perch is on City's radar. He would certainly fit the bill if that is true. City may try to get Michael Keane back for another loan spell from Manchester United, and I can see that as a distinct possibility. A player who did well on loan at City and was set to return for a second spell is Curtis Davies. He opted for Birmingham, who were in the Premier League, but their situation again could make him available and he has just had an excellent season. Talking of familiar faces, there have been reports that Jack Hobbs could be available, despite helping Hull into the Premier League. He is certainly a player who Pearson rates highly.Goalkeeper City are fighting to keep hold of Kasper Schmeichel, and that is not just because he was the top keeper in the division last season, it is also because good keepers are hard to find. They have already turned down three bids from Hull and are adamant that Schmeichel is going nowhere. What would their options be if he eventually did go? They have already been linked with Keiren Westwood of Sunderland as a possible replacement, and at 28 he would certainly have plenty to offer. Or how about Mark Schwarzer on a free transfer to provide some Premier League experience for a year. The Australian may be 40, but he has looked after himself. Well, there you go, just a few suggestions of who City could target this summer. I am sure City fans could come up with their own list of possible targets.

Inside Football: We've heard who's leaving Leicester City, but who's coming in?


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