By Matt Farr
Liverpool have been handed a major boost in their reported pursuit of Leicester City winger Demarai Gray, according to a report.
Former Sky Sports journalist Graeme Bailey claims in the Gambling Times that the 20-year-old has told his current employers that he intends to quit the club this summer, with Liverpool leading the race for his signature.
Gray has grown frustrated at his lack of regular opportunities at the King Power Stadium this term, following his move from Championship outfit Birmingham City in January last year.
He missed just eight of Leicester’s 38 Premier League matches this term, however, he was named in the starting eleven on just nine occasions.
He has contributed three goals and six assists in all competitions, but is now understood to be seeking a fresh start this summer.
The Gambling Times claim Leicester are keen to sit down with Gray and discuss a new deal amid interest from their Premier League rivals, but the player’s representatives have already told club chiefs he wants to look at options elsewhere.
The reported development could be of great news to Liverpool, but they must continue to fight off interest from their Premier League rivals, including Tottenham and Everton.
Football Insider verdict
Given the impressive performances Gray has put in during his time at Leicester this season, it seems odd that he is not being granted regular starts. Riyad Mahrez had a storming season last term, but appears to be ‘untouchable’ this season, leaving just one wide spot left to fight for. But Gray has regularly lost the battle, and it comes as little surprise that he wants a move. He’d be a fine choice for Klopp, but it even with Liverpool looking for fresh options in the wider areas, it does not seem likely that he’ll earn regular opportunities at Anfield. With the likes of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho already at their disposal, Gray could struggle to break into the first-team.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Daniel Sturridge has delivered an emphatic response when asked if he would be at Liverpool next season.