LEICESTER inquired about loaning Christian Eriksen from Inter Milan last week but will not pay his £300k-a-week wages, according to reports.
The Foxes have joined Manchester United and Tottenham in pursuit of the Dane who has been heavily linked with a Premier League return.
But the Midlands side 'baulked' at his enormous salary, according to the Telegraph.
The Danish playmaker, 28, left Tottenham a year ago to join the Italians.
And Eriksen is thought to want out already with Inter open to loaning him to put him in the shop window for a summer sale.
Leicester are keen to bring him in but backed off as soon as Inter demanded any suitors pay his full wages.
Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel are the Foxes' current highest earners on £100k-a-week which means the move has no legs unless Inter shift their stance.
Brendan Rodgers is keen to reinforce the attacking midfield position with Dennis Praet out with a long term hamstring injury and Hamza Choudhury being linked with a move to Newcastle and West Brom.
However, Leicester would have to be willing to cough up more than £100k-a-week to land him as Man Utd have already offered to pay 40 per cent of his wages which is £120k-a-week.
United have reportedly already put in a bid to loan him until the end of the season.
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Ian McGarry – host of the Transfer Window Podcast – said: "Christian Eriksen's move out of Italy is getting closer.
"It's our understanding however that – while he's been linked heavily with a return to Tottenham – he has in fact been offered to Manchester United.
"This would be a loan deal until the end of the season with no option to buy as far as it goes at the moment.
"The deal is far from being done mostly because Man Utd have not offered to pay a sufficient part of his wages which are £7.08million net per year – meaning £3.54m to the end of the season.
"It's our understanding United have offered to pay £1.33m with Inter paying the rest.
'OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER IS KEEN'
"Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is quite keen on the idea. He is looking for a creative central midfielder to assist in United's challenge for the Premier League title."
United and Leicester face competition from Eriksen's old club Spurs who are also keen on a loan.
And new Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino may also try and reunite with the 103-cap Denmark international while Arsenal, Wolves and Ajax have also been linked.
Eriksen spent six-and-a-half years with Tottenham but left when Jose Mourinho came in.
He made 305 appearances for the club, scoring 69 goals.
But since his switch to Italy, his stats make for pretty grim reading with just four in 40 matches – and not a goal or assist in his 14 appearances this term.
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