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Vardy eyes Leicester stay after stunner against Liverpool

Jamie Vardy insisted he plans to stay at Leicester after his wonder goal inspired the Foxes to a 2-0 win over Liverpool.

The forward is in talks over a new deal and marked the discussions with a stunning opening strike before wrapping up a comfortable win with his 18th goal of the season.

Vardy celebrates his stunning goal against Liverpool. Credit: PA

Before the match it emerged talks had begun over a deal until 2019, and Vardy said he intends to stay.

He told Sky Sports: "It's nothing people don't know, I'd like to be here for a long time.

"I don't (think I've scored better). I had been looking all game and he (Simon Mignolet) was quite far off his line. As soon as Riyad (Mahrez) had played it through it's bounced quite high and I've got no support so I just took my chance and luckily it's gone over the top of him."

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Leicester agree deal for Ghana star Amartey

Leicester have agreed a deal to buy Daniel Amartey from FC Copenhagen, the Danish club have announced on their official website.

The Foxes, the surprise package of the season who are level on points with Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal, have yet to confirm the deal but manager Claudio Ranieri is due to hold a press conference on Monday afternoon ahead of his side's FA Cup third-round replay against Tottenham on Wednesday night.

Amartey's fee is reported as between £5m-£6m. Credit: PA

Ranieri is seeking to bolster the squad of the shock title contenders and Amartey, who can play in defence or midfield, would become the second January arrival at the King Power Stadium after Demarai Gray joined from Birmingham for £3.75million.

FC Copenhagen say a fee has been agreed for Amartey's transfer and that the player just needs to finalise personal terms.

A statement on their official website, fck.dk, said: "A deal has been agreed between FC Copenhagen and Leicester City FC for Daniel Amartey.

"The agreement has been signed on the assumption that Amartey and Leicester City FC as expected come to an agreement on a few personal/minor details."

Starting line-ups: Tottenham v Leicester - Vardy and Kane start

Vardy returns to full training ahead of Spurs clash

Jamie Vardy is set to make his Leicester comeback after returning to full training.

The England striker joined in with the Foxes squad on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday's Barclays Premier League trip to Tottenham.

Vardy is back in training ahead of the match with Spurs. Credit: PA

Vardy missed Sunday's 2-2 FA Cup draw at White Hart Lane as he was recovering from a minor groin operation earlier this month.

He had done some light training away from the squad on Monday but has now rejoined the group and the Foxes expect to have him available to face Spurs.

Claudio Ranieri had planned to assess his 15-goal top scorer on Tuesday and believed Vardy, who has not netted in his last four games, would be ready.

He said on Monday: "Jamie had a problem for a month, more or less, and he continued to play. Now without the problem he is much better. I'll see if he starts from the beginning or if he is ready to come with me on the bench. Every time he wants to play, I know him."

The Foxes, second in the table and two points behind leaders Arsenal, are four points ahead of Tottenham but have not won in their last four games in all competitions.

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Leicester complete deal for Birmingham forward

Leicester have moved quickly in the January transfer window to snap up forward Demarai Gray from Birmingham for an undisclosed fee.

Gray has joined Leicester. Credit: PA

The January transfer window only opened on Saturday but Leicester - second in the Barclays Premier League, two points behind leaders Arsenal - have moved quickly to follow up their summer interest in the highly-rated 19-year-old.

Gray has put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half-year contract at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester confirm Vardy to have groin operation

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy is set to undergo a minor groin operation, the club have confirmed.

The 28-year-old, the joint-leading scorer in the Barclays Premier League, requires surgery to repair a long-standing problem but he is only expected to miss one match.

Vardy has only one goal in his last six games. Credit: PA

The procedure will rule Vardy out of the FA Cup clash at Tottenham on Sunday, a game he would have been rested for anyway with Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri set to make several changes to his starting line-up for the third-round tie.

The 15-goal striker should be fit again when the Foxes return to White Hart Lane in the Premier League three days later.

Vardy has not scored in his last three matches, coinciding with a three-game winless run without a goal for the Foxes. But despite the sequence of a defeat and back-to-back draws, Ranieri's side remain second in the table.

Ranieri gives Leicester players New Years Eve pass

Claudio Ranieri has given his Leicester stars permission to celebrate on New Year's Eve - as long as they avoid a Bournemouth hangover.

Leicester go into 2016 second in the Barclays Premier League behind leaders Arsenal on goal difference after only beating the drop last season.

Ranieri trusts his players. Credit: PA

They host the Cherries on Saturday and Ranieri trusts his players to see in the new year without damaging their title chances.

He said: "They can celebrate, they are very, very good professionals. It's important to celebrate, to enjoy it, because it was a fantastic 2015 but afterwards we have to put our minds on Bournemouth.

"They are a very dangerous team. Bournemouth lost five in a row but before losing to Arsenal (2-0 on Monday) they made a fantastic positive run.

"For us it's important to concentrate 100 per cent."

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