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Sunday 21 January 2018

Leonardo Ulloa keen to leave Leicester before deadline day

Leonardo Ulloa wants to leave Leicester
Leonardo Ulloa wants to leave Leicester

Leonardo Ulloa appears to have threatened to go on strike to force a move from the Leicester before Tuesday's transfer deadline.

The Argentinian striker claims manager Claudio Ranieri has gone back on a promise to let him leave the Premier League champions if an offer of £4-5million was received.

Press Association Sport understands the Foxes have rejected a £7million offer for the 30-year-old.

Ulloa, who has started only one league game this season, tweeted: "With all respect for LCFC FANS. I feel betrayed by Ranieri and let down by the club. I will not play again for them..."

Ulloa is also reported to have been the subject of interest from Alaves and Galatasaray.

He added on Sky Sports News: "I can't understand the situation or why they don't let me continue playing my football somewhere else. If I stay at the club it's going to affect seriously my career and my future.

"They know I'm not going to be used. The best thing for both parties is that they sell me to another club and I can continue playing my football somewhere else."

West Ham have had a busy window following the drawn-out departure of Dimitri Payet to Marseille and capture of Robert Snodgrass from Hull, but their activity may not yet be over.

The Hammers have been linked with a move for £15million-rated Brentford striker Scott Hogan but reports have suggested Crystal Palace and West Brom are also interested.

Southampton could also be in pursuit of a striker with reports suggesting they are closing in on Napoli's Manolo Gabbiadini.

The 25-year-old Italy international, who has struggled for opportunities this season, could cost Saints up to £17million.

Claude Puel's EFL Cup finalists have been a forward down since Charlie Austin suffered a long-term shoulder injury in December.

Chelsea could also be active having been linked with the Celtic pair of highly-rated forward Moussa Dembele and goalkeeper Craig Gordon. The Scottish champions, however, would reportedly want £40million for Dembele and have long said Gordon is not for sale.

Chelsea's long-serving defender Branislav Ivanovic could be heading out of Stamford Bridge for Zenit St Petersburg.

Reports claim the 32-year-old Serbian is set to sign on a free transfer for the Russian side after nine years with the Blues.

One intriguing piece of business could see England winger Andros Townsend return to Newcastle just seven months after leaving Tyneside for Crystal Palace.

It is claimed the Magpies, who sold the 25-year-old for £13million following their relegation last summer, now want the player back to aid their promotion push. A deal could take the shape of a loan until the end of the season with a permanent deal kicking in at the end of the campaign.

Some business to be done the day before the deadline saw Sunderland sign Republic of Ireland midfielder Darron Gibson and Costa Rica left-back Bryan Oviedo from Everton.

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