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Everton to battle Leicester for Euro 2016 starlet

Poland’s Kapustka linked with the Blues

Poland v Northern Ireland - Group C: UEFA Euro 2016
Bartosz Kapustka hurdles a tackle
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Poland’s 19-year-old midfielder Bartosz Kapustka caught the eye with some of his performances in this summer’s Euro 2016 tournament. Now the British media are reporting that Leicester City have made a bid of £6.25m to his club Cracovia Kraków who play in the Polish Ekstraklasa League.

However, there’s plenty of interest in the player, with the Daily Mail stating that Everton, Southampton, Cologne and Ajax Amsterdam are all interested in the player, and Standard Liege have also had a bid rejected.

Premier League champions Foxes have already lost N’Golo Kante this offseason, and could also see Riyad Mahrez leave (with Everton linked there too), and are looking to secure Kapustka’s services should that happen.

Kapustka can play on either wing or behind the striker, though he mostly favors the left side. He had 5 goals and 10 assists in 35 domestic appearances last season, with 2 goals and 11 caps for the senior team. He does show a penchant for disciplinary issues, racking up two yellow cards during the group stages of Euro 2016 and then being suspended for the round of 16 game. He came on late in the quarterfinals against eventual champions Portugal and was promptly booked again.

Should Everton make a move for the player, it’s unlikely he’ll get a look-in at the senior squad quite yet, but could provide great depth for David Unsworth’s U21 side.