Leicester City have been given a boost to finally land Wesley Fofana after St Etienne reduced their asking price for the French centre-back.
Brendan Rodgers made the 19-year-old his primary defensive target earlier in the summer but have struggled to agree a fee with his Ligue 1 club, who wanted more than £50million for a player with four years left on his current contract.
According to report, a deal can now be done closer to £36million, as St Etienne risk missing out entirely on a windfall for the teenager.
The deal was initially complicated as Claude Puel, who was sacked at the King Power Stadium last year, is now in charge at Geoffroy Stadium and wanted to keep Fofana from his old club.
There is now hope a deal for Fofana can be revived before next week’s transfer deadline for international deals.
Rodgers has made a centre-back his priority as he relied on Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu last season and needs competition ahead of another campaign challenging for the Champions League places.
Evans’ suspension at the start of the season saw Wilfred Ndidi drop from his midfield role into defence, but the Nigeria international is now sidelined through injury, meaning fewer options.