BRENDAN RODGERS is the top summer target for Leicester after Claude Puel’s sacking.
SunSport exclusively broke the story online yesterday morning that Puel had been axed.
And the former Premier League champs are set to approach Celtic about a £6million deal to take Rodgers at the end of the season.
He has been identified as the ideal candidate after his work at Swansea and Liverpool before moving to Scotland.
Foxes chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha took the decision to sack Puel following a run of just one win in nine games.
That included Saturday’s 4-1 thumping at home to Crystal Palace — but Puel’s position has been under review for a while.
The main concern at the top of the club was the atmosphere at the training ground and whether the Frenchman (right), 57, could get the most from his players.
He bought time with wins over Manchester City and Chelsea over Christmas but could not get a consistent run going. He had been in the job for 16 months after taking over from Craig Shakespeare and finished ninth in the Prem last season.
The former Southampton chief leaves the club in 12th position but there were fears of a relegation battle if the poor form continued.
First-team coaches Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler will take charge for tomorrow’s clash with Brighton and the club may name an interim boss until the end of the season.
But Rodgers is the man they want and his compensation fee is down to having two full seasons left on his deal at Celtic Park.
It is understood he does not want to leave the Scottish giants mid-season as he aims to win his third consecutive Treble.
Rodgers said: “My job is to concentrate on the football aspect and that’s with Celtic.”
Michael Appleton and Neil Lennon are options as interim managers, while former Foxes striker Tony Cottee backed Harry Redknapp to step in.
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