LEICESTER are trying to sign Argentina midfielder Esteban Cambiasso ahead of their Premier League return against Everton.
The Foxes are in negotiations with the 33-year-old former Real Madrid and Inter Milan player, who is a free agent after leaving the Italian giants at the end of last season.
Manager Nigel Pearson had been hoping to keep any deal secret until an agreement could be reached but news of the potential signing was leaked last week to a national newspaper, much to Pearson's annoyance.
But he insists a deal - which would be a major coup for the club - is still possible.
"I don't know about Cambiasso," said Pearson.
"I don't take too much notice of the air waves. I've not denied our interest. It's something we will continue to work at.
"Whether deals can be done or not it will be based on a number of criteria. We'll work really hard to do the deals. I can't account for other circumstances intervening.
"We have an interest yeah. But my view on talking on other people's players (is) I don't. I don't have a track record of talking about speculation."
Leicester, back in the Premier League after a decade-long absence, begin their campaign against Everton at the King Power Stadium tomorrow.
The Foxes enjoyed a hugely successful campaign last season, in which they secured promotion with six matches to spare before clinching the Championship title with an away win at Bolton on April 22. It was the club's first ever Football League title, achieved with 31 victories and 102 points - both club records.