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Thursday 21 November 2019

Foxes on hunt for Perez

Ayoze Perez
Ayoze Perez

Ayoze Perez is close to following Rafael Benitez out of Newcastle after Leicester tabled a £30million bid.

The Foxes have triggered a release clause in the 25-year-old Spaniard's contract to pave the way for a move to the King Power Stadium.

Perez, a £1.6million signing from Tenerife in June 2014, has been the club's top scorer for the last two seasons, notching on 13 occasions during the last campaign

Twelve of those goals, which included a hat-trick in a vital victory over Southampton in April, came in the Premier League.

He has been linked with clubs in Spain and Italy in recent months, although Benitez was confident of persuading him to stay had he managed to agree his own contract extension.

However, Benitez's departure at the weekend coupled with the ongoing takeover saga at St James' Park, seems to have opened the door for Perez to leave after five years on Tyneside.

The deal might represent good business on a balance sheet - it comes close to rivalling Andy Carroll's £35m move to Liverpool in January 2011 - but it would leave the Magpies without a proven strike force and no manager with the new season a month away.

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