Manchester United ready to turn off De Laet
Published 22:30 24/04/12 By Football Spy
Leicester will make a £1.2million bid for Manchester United defender Ritchie De Laet this week.
With the Foxes now unable to make the play-offs, boss Nigel Pearson is targeting De Laet as one of his first recruits in a major recruitment drive for next season.
The Belgium international will be allowed to leave Old Trafford this summer, even though he has a year left on his contract.
And Pearson is ready to move quickly and table a firm offer for the 23-year-old.
He said: “I’m very clear in my mind how we move forward and what’s needed, so it’s very much a case of seeing the season out - then the hard work really starts.”
De Laet joined United from Stoke in January 2009, and has had loan spells at Sheffield United, Preston, Portsmouth and Norwich since, while starting only three league games for the Old Trafford giants.
Pearson has also made a £1m offer for striker Jamie Vardy of non-League Fleetwood, but fears competition from a string of his Championship rivals, including West Ham and Blackpool.
PEARSON is also planning a summer shake-up with some of the club’s big-earners set to go, writes James Nursey.
He knows he must shift the likes of defender Matt Mills following their failure to reach the play-offs.
Foxes ran up one of the biggest wage bills in the Championship under then-boss Sven Goran Eriksson, who was axed as a push for promotion to the Premier League failed to materialise.
Now, Leicester are reducing their budget ahead of UEFA's implementation of financial fair play rules.
Stars such as out-of-favour stopper Mills and Ghana full-back John Pantsil are set to go, while Michael Johnson’s loan from Manchester City has been ended.
Pearson said: “Our approach needs to be altered somewhat with financial fair play.”