Francesco Acerbi is reportedly a target for Leicester
Leicester are struggling this season defensively with centre-back pairing Robert Huth and Wes Morgan coming in for criticism.
Reports in Italy suggest Claudio Ranieri has looked to address this by making a bid for Sassuolo centre-half Francesco Acerbi.
However, website CalcioMercatoWeb claim a deal for the 28-year-old has stalled and may not be completed this month.
Francesco Acerbi has scored three goals this season for Sassuolo
The report says the Premier League champions made an £8.5million offer for Acerbi two weeks ago which has not been accepted by Sassuolo.
The Foxes are said to be unwilling to make any new bids but remain heavily interested in trying to sign the former AC Milan defender.
Sassuolo reportedly want to hold onto Acerbi and he has not attempted to force through a January move to the King Power Stadium.
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The January transfer window closes on Tuesday, meaning Ranieri has less than five days to resolve the deal for Acerbi.
The defender has made 32 appearances for Sassuolo this season in all competitions, scoring three goals.
He has previously played for AC Milan and Chievo on loan and has two caps for Italy.