CLINTON FITS THE BILL FOR FOXES
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
LEICESTER boss Martin O`Neill has failed with a pre-deadline swoop for Crystal Palace striker Clinton Morrison, despite The Eagles admitting to being vulnerable to Premiership vultures.
The financially-stricken South Londoners realise that star assets Hayden Mullins and Morrison will be targeted by bigger clubs, seeking bargains, but they have at least held out until the summer.
Mullins has been linked to Newcastle and West Brom this week, but he has been allowed to stay put at Selhurst Park, as has Morrison.
O`Neill travelled to the capital to make a personal check on the aggressive, young forward, on Wednesday, and saw him score the only goal in the 1-0 victory at Queens Park Rangers.
It is no secret that The Foxes are desperate to sign a new striker to replace Emile Heskey, and Morrison fits the bill.
O`Neill said on Thursday: "I am about three-quarters down the road with three or four players I have inquired about, but it is a battle against the clock as far as the deadline goes.
"The more positive aspect is that there is a strong possibility that the players I have my eye on will still be available in the summer, so if I run out of time on the deadline, my interest is still there."
It is therefore likely that Morrison will be on the wanted list, come June.