Leicester have reportedly identified Watford forward, Troy Deeney, as a replacement for Riyad Mahrez as the 26-year-old’s move to Arsenal edges closer.

With Mahrez allegedly set to sign for Arsenal this week, Leicester have their work cut out finding a decent replacement before the new season starts.

The Foxes are reportedly eyeing Deeney, who scored 10 Premier League goals and assisted once for Watford last season.

Leicester had a £25m bid for the striker rejected last summer but it’s thought that new manager, Craig Shakespeare, is an admirer and will return with £20m.

The 29-year-old isn’t the most obvious replacement for Mahrez, not least because they play in different positions.

While Mahrez can play as a second striker, he’s primarily a wide man. Deeney, on the other hand, is a centre-forward. Therefore, if Leicester are looking to bring the Watford man on board, it’ll most likely just be to bolster their attack in the absence of Mahrez rather than a like-for-like replacement.

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