Saturday 1 October 2016

Leicester could allow Andrej Kramaric to go with Daniel Armatey poised to join

Published 18/01/2016 | 10:46

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri, pictured, could allow Andrej Kramaric to leave on loan this month
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri, pictured, could allow Andrej Kramaric to leave on loan this month

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has hinted that striker Andrej Kramaric could be heading out on loan this month.

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Ranieri last week told the Croatia international his interests would be better served leaving Leicester temporarily, after making just five appearances for the club under the Italian this season.

Kramaric has fallen behind Jamie Vardy, Leonardo Ulloa and Shinji Okazaki in the pecking order at the King Power Stadium and Ranieri has said he will discuss the possibility of a move with the 24-year-old, who joined Leicester for £7million just a year ago.

Bundesliga side Hoffenheim are reportedly keen on Kramaric and while Ranieri would not talk about the German club specifically, he said: ''I'd like all my players happy. I know that who doesn't play is not happy, of course. If they were happy they're mad!

''But, of course, I also have to understand what they want to do because also Kramaric has the European Championships and he needs to play.

''For me he is a fantastic player but at the moment I look more at the other three strikers. That is the problem, but for me he is an unbelievable goal scorer.

''Maybe I don't see him involved very well with the team but he is a fantastic player, works hard during training sessions and it is so sad I don't give him the opportunities.

''I want to speak with him and feel what he wants to do.''

While Kramaric could be leaving Leicester, Daniel Amartey looks set to become the second new signing made by the Barclays Premier League title challengers during the January transfer window.

FC Copenhagen announced on Monday morning that they had agreed a fee for the Ghana international, who can play in defence and in central midfield.

Press Association Sport understands this to be correct, although a deal remains some way off with the player yet to finalise personal terms or arrive in the country for a medical. Leicester will also have to get a work permit for the 21-year-old.

For this reason, Ranieri remain coy when asked about Amartey on Monday afternoon, saying: ''When they arrive, I'll tell you.

''Now, we didn't announce the player and I respect Copenhagen but I also respect myself.''

Should Armatey complete his move he would become the second new face at the King Power Stadium this month after Demarai Gray joined from Birmingham for £3.75million.

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