Leicester lining up Houssem Aouar transfer as replacement for James Maddison with Arsenal interested in Lyon midfielder

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LEICESTER are interested in signing Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, according to reports.

The Foxes are the only Premier League side yet to make a signing this summer.

Houssem Aouar is expected to leave Lyon this summer

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Houssem Aouar is expected to leave Lyon this summerCredit: Getty

Brendan Rodgers has been eager to refresh his squad, but struggling to sell players has created a logjam.

The Northern Irishman loves working with James Maddison, but the Foxes could be forced into selling the attacking midfielder amid interest from Newcastle.

Should Maddison depart, Leicester may turn to France for his replacement.

According to French outlet Foot Mercato, Leicester will “prioritise” a swoop for Aouar if Maddison leaves.

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The France international has one year remaining on his Lyon contract and appears set to leave this summer.

Real Betis had been close to signing him in a deal worth around £12million earlier this summer.

But the deal has stalled at the 11th hour – creating an opportunity for Leicester to pounce.

Former Arsenal target Aouar has made 213 appearances for his hometown club, scoring 40 goals and laying on 35 assists.

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Maddison, meanwhile has been the subject of serious interest from Newcastle.

Eddie Howe’s side have had a £40m bid rejected for the 25-year-old – with Leicester demanding £60m.

The Toon are reluctant to pay that amount, and are hoping that a compromise can be reached.

James Maddison is on Newcastle's wishlist

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James Maddison is on Newcastle’s wishlistCredit: Rex

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