Anthony Knockaert’s loan switch to Ipswich Town in the balance

Leicester City's Anthony Knockaert

Leicester City's Anthony Knockaert - Credit: PA

As it stands, Anthony Knockaert’s loan switch to Ipswich Town from Leicester City is off.

The EADT and Ipswich Star understands that the Blues had a deal in place for the 23-year-old winger but that, following a trip back to his native France this week, he has had a change in heart over the move.

A source close to Leicester City has told us that Knockaert, who is out of contract in the summer, is meeting manager Nigel Pearson this afternoon to discuss his future.

Having been a key part of the Foxes’ Championship title-winning side last season, he has made just three starts and six substitute appearances in the Premier League this season. It’s understood a number of foreign clubs are trying to sign him up to a pre-contract deal ahead of a summer switch.

Town boss Mick McCarthy – whose side take on rivals Norwich City at Carrow Road on Sunday (2.05 ko) – is keen on bolstering his promotion-chasing squad for the 13-game run-in.

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He had just 18 outfield first team players available for last night’s 4-2 home win over Birmingham City, with Luke Hyam, Darren Ambrose, Stephen Hunt, Noel Hunt and David McGoldrick all injured. In addition, Cole Skuse had to be taken off with a back problem.

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