Angers defensive midfielder Baptiste Santamaria is being tracked by a trio of Premier League clubs, according to a report.
The 25-year-old has been compared to N'Golo Kante for his ball-winning qualities in defensive midfield.
According to The Express, Leicester scouts have been keeping a close eye on the Tours academy product this season.
Premier League rivals Tottenham and Everton are also said to have watched him a number of times before the Ligue 1 shutdown last month, while Aston Villa had an approach rejected last year.
Santamaria has made 30 appearances in all competitions this season and is also rumoured to be on the radar of Spanish pair Sevilla and Valencia.