Leicester City contemplate next move after £30m James Tarkowski bid rejected

Leicester City are contemplating their next move after a £30m bid for Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski was rejected.

The Foxes submitted their offer earlier today for the highly-rated defender but the Clarets are said to want £40m before they will consider doing business.

The player himself is understood to be keen on a move to the King Power, but Leicester are now weighing up their options having endured a fruitless pursuit of a centre-back so far.

They had been eager to sign St Etienne defender Wesley Fofana but that move looks to have fell apart with the French club insisting they won’t sell – but may consider it if they allow the teenager to return on loan for the season.

Frustrated by that pursuit, Leicester then switched their attentions to Tarkowski.

It remains to be seen whether Leicester will return with a higher offer with boss Brendan Rodgers keen to land a centre-back before the transfer window closes next month.

But boss Sean Dyche remains confident that he will still be a member of his squad come deadline day, saying this week: “I have said all along that in my opinion he would be with us.

“Any other decision will be taken out of my hands if it (an offer) goes to a level that the chairman deems appropriate. I am not thinking that and I don’t think it will do. I think he will be here.”

Signing a centre-back is City’s priority for the final 10 days of the transfer window, with the club’s options in the centre of the defence limited to Caglar Soyuncu, Jonny Evans, 36-year-old skipper Wes Morgan, and Filip Benkovic, who the club would likely loan out should a signing be made.

Leicestershire Live