CHELSEA striker Tammy Abraham is being lined up by Leicester as a replacement for Jamie Vardy after being outcast by Thomas Tuchel.
The German manager left the 23-year-old out of his squad for the Blues' FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City at the weekend.
Chelsea went on to win the game 1-0, ending Pep Guardiola's hopes of a quadruple but also justifying Tuchel's decision to exclude Abraham.
And according to Sky Sports journalist Fabrizio Romano, Leicester have seen the omission of Abraham as an opportunity to step up their pursuit.
Speaking on Twitter, Romano said: "Leicester are among the clubs interested in signing Tammy Abraham.
"He’s one of the targets for #LCFC if Chelsea will open to sell him in the summer - Tammy is out of the squad today [for Man City clash]."
Abraham has netted 12 goals in 30 appearances for Chelsea so far this season.
But with big money signings such as Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech being preferred to him since Tuchel arrived, opportunities have been few and far between.
Although he has been plagued by an ankle injury in recent weeks, Abraham has still not been given much game time when fit.
The England international has started just three Premier League games since Tuchel took over at the end of January, lasting no more than 45 minutes in all of them.
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As a result, Leicester now looks like an ideal fit as he seeks regular first team action.
Vardy, 34, is approaching the latter stages of his career and has currently hit a dry spell of 11 games without a goal.
Kelechi Iheanacho has made up for Vardy's poor goalscoring run with 11 goals in eight games in all competitions.
But Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers will almost certainly still want to add to his squad this summer, especially if they qualify for the Champions League.