Wesley Fofana’s potential move to Leicester City is held back because Saint-Étienne manager Claude Puel doesn’t want his side to sell the defender in this window.
The Foxes are looking to reinforce their defence, and with their pursuit of Fofana not yielding results, they could move on to other targets.
According to Kicker, the Premier League side are ‘showing interest’ in Jonathan Tah, who signed for Bayer Leverkusen from Hamburg SV in 2015.
Leicester chief scout Lee Congerton knows the centre-back first hand from his time at Hamburg, and the report states the English club’s official has been in contact with the 24-year-old.
The Telegraph reported on Sunday that Brendan Rodgers’ side had enquired about the availability of the German on a loan deal.
It’s relayed by Kicker, and they suggest a temporary move ‘would make sense for both clubs’ because Leverkusen may not receive offers worth €40m [his release clause] this summer.
Kicker further states ‘Bayer would have the chance to search for a good replacement in 2021, if Tah were to make a move to England on loan, possibly with a high purchase option or a commitment to buy. Or you’d get a possibly stronger Tah back [from loan] in 2021.’
Tah, who is no longer a first choice at the Bundesliga club, ‘cannot easily come to terms’ with the latest development.
A loan move to Leicester could help him feature regularly and also boost his chances of making it to next summer’s European championship with Germany.