Transfer talk: Leicester reject Man City bid for Mahrez

London :Manchester City failed in an audacious transfer deadline day move for Leicester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez, British media reported .
The Leicester Mercury newspaper said the Foxes had turned down City’s final bid of 65 million pounds ($92 million) plus an unnamed player for Mahrez, a deal that would have broken the Manchester club’s transfer record.
The paper said the bid was below Leicester’s valuation of the 26-year-old Algerian who reportedly put in a transfer request this week. He missed training on Tuesday and was not included in Leicester’s squad for Wednesday’s Premier League game at Everton.
It was the second disappointment for Mahrez on transfer deadline day. In August he was widely reported to be at an airport ready to fly to Europe if any clubs came in for him.
Everton have signed France centre back Eliaquim Mangala on loan until the end of the season from Manchester City subject to clearance from the Premier League.
Mangala found himself surplus to requirements at the league leaders, who broke their club record to sign Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte, for a reported 57 million pounds ($81 million) fee.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to play for Everton and I cannot wait to pull on the royal blue jersey for the first time and give my all for the supporters,” Mangala told Everton’s website.
The 26-year-old, who joined City from Porto in 2014 and spent most of last season on loan in Valencia, has made nine league appearances this season, including five from the bench.
He is Everton’s third signing of the January window, following the arrivals of winger Theo Walcott from Arsenal and striker Cenk Tosun from Besiktas.
Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic has joined Anderlecht on loan for the rest of the season, the English club said on Twitter.
Markovic has not featured for Liverpool this season and had also been linked with a loan move to Premier League side Swansea City.
The Serbia international joined Liverpool in 2014 and has made 34 appearances for the club, scoring three goals.
He has previously spent time on loan with Fenerbahce, Sporting Lisbon and Hull City.

 
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