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Leicester turn attention to Salzburg striker Daka, Edouard deal unlikely, Soumare close

Leicester are understood to have made a bid for Red Bull Salzburg striker Patson Daka, having failed to find a breakthrough in negotiations for Celtic star Odsonne Edouard.

Brendan Rodgers is keen to reinforce his forward line this summer and the Foxes have been long linked with a move for Celtic frontman Edouard, with Rodgers having worked alongside the star during his time in Scotland.

 

Edouard finished as the leading scorer in the Scottish Premiership last season and has enjoyed a prolific record north of the border, netting 74 goals in 134 appearances across the past three seasons.

The 23-year-old – who has scored a record 17 goals in 14 caps for France at U21 level – has just a year remaining on his current contract at Celtic and Leicester had been hopeful of securing a deal for the forward.

However, Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Leicester have now turned their attentions to Daka after failing to find an agreement with the Scottish side and have launched an ‘official bid’ for the 24-year-old.

The Zambia international has previously been linked with Liverpool and West Ham, having scored 51 goals in 59 Austrian Bundesliga appearances for Salzburg since the start of last season.

The fee involved is believed to be in the region of £30m with Daka set to be the latest prospect to deliver a huge profit for Salzburg, following in the footsteps of names such as Sadio Mane, Naby Keita and Erling Haaland.

Daka was named as the Austrian Bundesliga’s Player of the Season for 2020/21 after scoring 27 goals and providing seven assists in just 28 league appearances, and is expected to be joined at the King Power Stadium by Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumaré.

Soumare formed part of the side that won Ligue 1 in surprise fashion last season and the 22-year-old is understood to be closing in on a £23m move to the Premier League.

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