Leicester are in talks about two more signings ahead of the January transfer window TBEN

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Brendan Rodgers is targeting two new signings this week as he prepares for a potentially crucial month in Leicester’s season.

Rodgers has completed the £17 million signing of FC Copenhagen defender Victor Kristiansen and is looking to sign a center back and right winger before the transfer window closes.

Leicester’s initial approach for Stoke defender Harry Souttar has been rejected, but talks on a potential deal are expected to resume early this week.

Negotiations with Fiorentina over a £25 million transfer for Nico González have broken down, so Leicester are now considering Shakhtar Donetsk winger Tete, who is currently on loan at Lyon.

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Leicester will face rising Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Arsenal in February and Rodgers is keen to see reinforcements before the TBEN.

“The club is working hard behind the scenes to get that done, so hopefully we can get some more players in before the window closes,” he said. “If we can get some fresh faces and bring some players back [from injury] everything will be fine.

“We have to keep fighting, try to improve every day and make every game count. We are in the second part of the season and you have to start well, be strong and aggressive and also have the composure to play football.”

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James Maddison made his first appearance in 11 weeks as a second-half substitute and is set to start Saturday’s FA Cup game at Walsall.

“I think the supporters recognize the importance he has to how the team plays and what he has brought to us especially in the last 18 months,” said Rodgers.

“It’s just great to have him back because he has so much quality and makes things possible for us.”

Leicester remained dangerously close to the relegation zone, but produced a response against an excellent Brighton team.

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Brighton took the lead through Japan international Kaoru Mitoma ahead of Leicester’s goals from Marc Albrighton and Harvey Barnes.

Substitute Evan Ferguson equalized for Brighton two minutes from time and manager Roberto de Zerbi has refused to rule out the prospect of European football next season.

“I think we are able and ready to fight to gain weight [in Europe],” he said. “At the moment it is clear that we are a good team, we believe in ourselves and we are strong.

“For the second part of the season it is important that we can fight for the high position.”

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