Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson set to target January transfer market
Leicester City are poised to plunge into the January transfer market.
Manager Nigel Pearson said he is pleased with the way his current squad has been shaping up but could make additions to give their promotion push greater momentum.
City this week extended the loans of Manchester United youngsters Michael Keane and Jesse Lingard until January 2, but Pearson said he and his staff are constantly scouting for possible new recruits and said they may try to bring in a couple nore next month.
"Everything depends on what happens between now and then," said Pearson.
"It is an on-going process. We are always monitoring players. It is not a case of the window being about to open so we have to start. If you start looking now then you have left it too late.
"There are a number of criteria which will determine what business we do. The squad is shaping up nicely at the moment, and players are performing well, so, on the face of it, there is not a lot to do.
"Having said that, once you get to January you want to be going into the second half of the season with enough options.
"But we will only add players if we feel they will improve the squad. That is the key factor to all of this."
Pearson said he was delighted that United had agreed to extend the loans of the 19-year-olds.
Keane managed just under an hour of his debut at Bolton Wanderers until a hamstring injury cut short his loan spell, while Lingard has made four substitute appearances for City during his first month at the King Power Stadium.
Keane is not yet fit to return to City but Pearson said both players will add depth to the squad.
"Keane will hopefully be back with us in the next week or so," said Pearson. "He is frustrated by the injury but that happens in football and you have to deal with setbacks.
"Both of them give us more options going into a busy period and I am delighted Manchester United have agreed to extend the loans of both players.
"We get something out of it in terms of getting two more players who are exciting prospects.
"For the players, hopefully they get pitch time, and hopefully United see it as good for their players. It is good to be able to extend the deals."