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Leicester City hoping to bring in Chelsea’s van Aanholt – Tribalfootball.com

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

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Leicester City hoping to bring in Chelsea's van Aanholt
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English Championship outfit Leicester City are hoping to boost their promotion-chasing squad with Chelsea young gun Patrick van Aanholt.
Leicester City to step up bid to re-sign Aston Villa defender Curtis DaviesLeicester Mercury

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Leicester City to step up bid to re-sign Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies – Leicester Mercury

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Leicester City to step up bid to re-sign Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies
Leicester Mercury
Leicester City will step up their bid to re-sign Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies before next week's transfer window shuts.

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Foxes chase Davies & van Aanholt

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Leicester City are close to wrapping up loan deals for defenders Curtis Davies and Patrick van Aanholt.

Leicester City defender Sol Bamba on a roll with three goals – Leicester Mercury

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Leicester City defender Sol Bamba on a roll with three goals
Leicester Mercury
Leicester City defender Sol Bamba has said he is revelling in the best goalscoring run of his footballing career.

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Leicester City will step up their bid to re-sign Aston Villa defender Curtis … – Leicester Mercury

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Leicester City will step up their bid to re-sign Aston Villa defender Curtis
Leicester Mercury
Reports from Scotland claim Davies was set to complete a loan move to Celtic Park this week until a FIFA regulation, which states a player cannot make a

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Sven determined to seal a deal for star man Wellens

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Leicester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson said he would like to offer midfielder Richie Wellens a new contract.

Eriksson said it was “a formality” that the 30-year-old would be offered a new deal after his impressive performances in City’s engine room.

Playmaker Wellens had been rumoured to be a target of Premier League side Birmingham City, but Eriksson has said he would not consider selling such a key player as he attempts to mastermind a promotion challenge.

City will now look to tie Wellens down to a longer contract.

“He has one and a half years left on his current contract and, while we haven’t offered him a new contract, that is a formality,” said Eriksson.

“We don’t want to lose him. I think he is very happy here. I don’t think he wants to leave.

“As a club, as far as I know, we haven’t heard anything from any club.

“I spoke to the owners and the chief executive on Saturday and I haven’t heard anything, and they would tell me.”

Paul Gallagher missed the 4-2 victory against Millwall on Saturday with a knee injury he picked up in the FA Cup replay at Manchester City last Tuesday.

However, Eriksson said he was confident Gallagher will be fit for the Championship trip to Sheffield United next Tuesday night.

“He has a knee injury but we don’t think it is serious at all,” he said.

“He had some small problems with it last season, and he said he felt it taking the penalty at Manchester City.”

Eriksson added: “He started training with us on Friday but, after 50 minutes, he said no, he could not go on.

“But we are confident that he will be ready for the next game.”

Meanwhile, Eriksson said trialist Febian Brandy would not be signed by City this season, but said he was a good prospect for the future.

The 21-year-old former Manchester United and England Under-20 striker has been training with City for the past two weeks, but Eriksson said he was not considering offering him a contract.

“He is a good player but he is not ready for this level,” said the City boss.

“He is a good one and he might be ready in the future, but it is nothing that I put in for now.”

Leicester City change fixture date with Bristol City

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Leicester City’s Championship clash at home to Bristol City next month has been put back 24 hours.

It will now kick-off at 7.45pm on Friday, February 18.

The game was due to be played on Saturday, February 19 but has been re-arranged because Leicester Tigers are at home to Wasps on the same afternoon.

Leicester City defender Sol Bamba on a roll with three goals

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Leicester City defender Sol Bamba has said he is revelling in the best goalscoring run of his footballing career.

The Ivory Coast international followed his debut goal against Manchester City with a double strike against Millwall on Saturday, to make it three goals in as many appearances, and he admits he has never enjoyed such a scoring spree in his career.

“My target at the start of the season is always five goals and if I get that I am always happy,” he said.

“But to get two goals and score on my debut is a dream start.

“This is my best run of goals of my career, definitely. I played in Scotland for four-and-a-half years and I only scored twice in all that time.

“I am not sure what the difference has been.

“The balls into the box have been better, but it is also about luck as well.

“The set-pieces so far have been good and I have had a couple more chances. I had some good balls coming in from Paul Gallagher and Richie Wellens.

“Hopefully, it will continue.”

Bamba is not the only person at City to be pleasantly surprised by his recent goalscoring form. Even manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, who named Bamba in his Ivory Coast World Cup squad last summer, admits he did not know he was signing such a goal poacher when he paid Hibernian £250,000 for his services.

“I had him with Ivory Coast and he played some friendlies, and he scored a goal,” Eriksson recalled.

“So I knew he could score, but to score three goals in three games? I thought I had signed a good defender, not a goalscorer.”

Unlike Yakubu who joined City just after him, Bamba was almost unknown to City fans, and Eriksson said he found his anonymity surprising.

“It is very strange if you haven’t heard of Bamba before,” added Eriksson.

“He has 30 international appearances for Ivory Coast, a good national team, and has played in Scotland for four years. Strange.

“But I am happy that no-one has heard of him.

“He showed against Manchester City he could handle top strikers. I think he was outstanding on the pitch against them in both games.”

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