Leicester City approach former Arsenal target Orkun Kokcu about possible loan deal with purchase option

Feyenoord attacking midfielder Orkun Kokcu has drawn interest from Leicester City as Brendan Rodgers hopes for reinforcement.

Rodgers open to signings

Leicester City are having an unbelievably positive season this year and look to be challenging for the title sitting just behind Manchester City and Manchester United in the table.

Brendan Rodgers has seen some excellent transfer business conducted by the club over the last couple seasons with the likes of Youri Tielemans join the club from Monaco, Dennis Praet arrive from Sampdoria and Timothy Castagne move from Atalanta. However, Rodgers has been keen to add more attacking bite to his midfield this January.

“For a period of time, we’ve known the type we would want,” Rodgers said. “We’ve had a few players on the list. We have a number of targets, but it’s just about the availability of those at this stage of the season.”

Leicester City approach former Arsenal target Orkun Kokcu about possible loan deal with purchase option

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 04: Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates after the Premier League match between Leicester City and Watford FC at The King Power Stadium on December 04, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

“Whether we get one in or not, I’m not sure. I would love to get another attacking midfield player because that would also allow one or two of our boys to get out and get playing, but if we don’t, there will be nothing that the club haven’t done.”

“If we can get someone in, great, if not, we’ll just have to wait until the summer.”

By securing Champions League qualification by the end of the season it could add to Leicester City’s chances of signing some even more established quality talent in the summer window. Rodgers will be more than aware of this as they push towards a strong finish after moving past the half way point.

Leicester target Kokcu

One such player that they are reportedly targeting is that of Feyenoord’s Orkun Kokcu. The now senior Turkish international was linked with a summer move to Arsenal in the previous window but he ended up signing a new contract with the Dutch side until 2025.

The 20-year-old has risen through the ranks at the Dutch club becoming a regular in the first team and recorded 3 goals and 6 assists in his 35 appearances last season. He has so far failed to score in the Eredivisie this season but did notch in Feyenoord’s Europa League group stage matches.

Leicester would see him join and add competition to the likes of Harvey Barnes and James Maddison who have both had stellar seasons for the Foxes.

But with an extensive contract at the club, Feyenoord will not allow him to leave cheaply and Leicester’s proposed loan with option was knocked back with the Dutch side only interested in a permanent deal.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester United FC 19 11 40
2 Manchester City FC 18 18 38
3 Leicester City FC 19 14 38
4 Liverpool FC 19 15 34
5 Tottenham Hotspur FC 18 16 33
6 Everton FC 17 7 32
7 West Ham United FC 19 5 32
8 Aston Villa FC 17 13 29
9 Chelsea FC 19 10 29
10 Southampton FC 18 5 29
11 Arsenal FC 19 4 27
12 Leeds United 18 -4 23
13 Crystal Palace FC 19 -11 23
14 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 19 -8 22
15 Burnley FC 18 -12 19
16 Newcastle United FC 19 -14 19
17 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 19 -7 17
18 Fulham FC 18 -12 12
19 West Bromwich Albion 19 -28 11
20 Sheffield United FC 19 -22 5
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 13
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 12
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 12
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 11
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 11
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 11
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 10
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 8
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 8
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 7
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 7
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion FC 7
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 7
Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 6
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 6
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 6

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