No deal done to sell Leicester City's Jeff Schlupp to Manchester United
Leicester City have not done a deal to sell striker Jeff Schlupp to Manchester United, insists assistant manager Craig Shakespeare.
Schlupp has been training with United since last month and there were reports this week that United had been impressed with the Ghana international and were about to agree a deal to sign him permanently.
However, Shakespeare said while they were regularly talking to United about Schlupp, who has appeared in United under-21 development squad games, the clubs had not made an agreement over any possible sale.
"We have not heard anything to that effect," Shakespeare said of the reports. "It is an on-going situation, as reported before. There is no change in that.
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"Jeff was at the game on Tuesday (City's 3-0 win over Blackburn Rovers) and came in to see the lads.
"We are in constant dialogue with Jeff and Manchester United. Again it is a situation we are at ease with.
"He is due to play another game for them and then we will take it from there.
"It is open-ended but they are not going to keep him for six months and not make a decision. But at the same time, if we feel we need to use him here we will. It is all very relaxed."
Schlupp is a product of the City academy and made his first team debut as a striker under Sven-Goran Eriksson, scoring a hat-trick on his debut in the League Cup win at Rotherham United, in August 2011.
This season he has featured at left-back under current boss Nigel Pearson but United have used him as a striker in recent reserve games.
Meanwhile, City's current crop from the academy were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup by Hull City after extra-time on Wednesday.
Skipper Rob Paratore had put City ahead after six minutes at North Ferriby United's Grange Lane ground, but the hosts levelled less than 60 seconds later through a deflected goal.
City pushed for the win, which would have set up a home quarter final against either Liverpool or Leeds United, but it was the Tigers who progressed after two goals late on in extra-time.