Bournemouth Bid For £25 Million With Leicester For Demarai Gray

Eddie Howe, who is already desperate to land young winger in the championship of this summer will make a massive offer after seeing the rejection of £20m.


BOURNEMOUTH is already up their proposed offer for unsettled Demarai Gray the Leicester winger.

A bid of £20million was knocked back by the Foxes for the Under-21 international of England last month.

Bournemouth all made up his mind and now he is ready to make a bid of £25m for the player he wants in his team that is Demarai Gray
On the other hand, the speculations are there that Cherries will increase their offer to £25m a club-record.

Gray, who is now 21 years old, joined Leicester in the year 2016, and after joining the team, he has been frustrated, as he lacks playing time after joining Leicester. He joined the team from Birmingham in January.

In the Carabao Cup clash that held recently, he scored a stunner. The match held at the Sheffield United. This was his season’s first start after the two plate appearances, which he made as a substitute.

Gray has informed the club that he would like the opportunity to play under Eddie Howe in Bournemouth if the offer made. Gray thinks Bournemouth will provide an ideal platform to develop his career in the Premier League.

In the last season, this player played 30 times for Cit but started just nine games.

Craig Shakespeare the Boss insisted: “We are aware of the capabilities of Demarai. We understand that no player likes four or five minutes, everyone wants more time, but the circumstances were like that. Nothing was done personally and intentionally.”

He further added that, “He is training well and he is a much focused player, plans are made instantaneously and not set in stone. It has not happened categorically with Demarai.”

TIGER’S SAM HARRISON JOIN REPS AT PARTNER CLUB

Sam Harrison, who has over 100 games on his belt for Leicester Tigers, joined the club reps at Intercontinental Hotel to celebrate the achievements of a partner club Kuala Lumpur.


The club hosted an end of the season awards event at the hotel in a bid to inspire more success.

Leicester Tigers are committed to their global strategy in pro rugby. They focus on taking the game to the grassroots anywhere in the world; identifying and helping exceptional talents globally, and expanding the club’s brand commercially.

The plan is to get a new global partner organization every year either another club, a school or a national body. The club held its rugby camp in Malaysia in 2013 and today the KL Tigers have grown to welcome numerous players and teams of the game.

The Tigers Rugby Camp has held in Japan, Italy, the United States, the Netherlands and recently Belgium, aside Malaysia.

“To see KL Tigers grow as it has in recent years is a phenomenal achievement for all involved. Not only does it provide Tigers with a new pool of talent from around the world, but we’re also able to provide world class professional coaching and rugby camps for the local community,” the head of community and global partnerships at the club Scot Clarke said at the event.

He asked that players in the business take serious the idea of globalization very important. He asked for more work in Asia, especially with Japan host the forthcoming World Cup in 2019. He praised KL Tigers for running 23 teams for boys and girls.

Clarke said Harrison was excited at the chance to get involved in this year’s event. He added that the player would provide inspiration to the junior and senior members of the club.

Tait And Rizzo Signed Contract With Tigers

Leicester Tigers is soon getting some new names in the team, the Italy prop Michele Rizzo and the Ex-England international Mathew Tait has agreed to sign fresh deals with Leicester Tigers.


Tait is a versatile player and now 31 years old has played over 100 games for the Tigers. And in this season he has given 19 appearances.

Revealing his happiness with the new deals, Tait said, “Tigers is a big club and being the part of such massive club is really a great feeling. The reason I want to be here is, playing big games and I am very happy that I am doing that.”

On the other hand Rizzo in this season has played seven times for Leicester. He played these numbers of games after returning from injury that he got in the end of January. Rizzo is now 34 and he is also very happy with the new deals.

Sharing his feelings Rizzo said, “Playing for Tigers is a privilege for me. It is a big club and in addition to that the club has some of the wonderful players that have international recognition. Moreover, all the players belonging to the club are extremely talented and play really nice game.”

“The moment I joined Leicester, I feel like I am in my home and playing for my home country.” He added.

It is not that just Rizzo and Tait has agreed to the deals, the versatile forward Harry Thacker and second-row Harry Wells are also the one who have agreed on the deal. Both the players are extremely talented and are 23 years old.

Leicester Tigers have confirmed the news of these players joining the club. However, they have not disclosed the length of the contract. This is because; it is against the policy of the club.

IT’S NOT ALL DOOM AND GLOOM – GEORDAN MURPHY

Leicester Tigers last game, which saw them in a showdown at home with the Northampton Saints, ended in a 27-20 win for Leicester.


With this result, they have been able to book a place in the semi-finals of the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

The recent win has been much of a major boost for the team as Geordan Murphy reiterates that it isn’t all doom and gloom for the team.

So far in the competition, this has been Leicester’s third successive win. It therefore means that the likes of Gloucester, who are second in Pool Four, cannot meet up with them. Thus, for the Tigers, a last-four spot is one timely boost.

Leicester had been left reeling after Richard Cockerill, their director of rugby was sacked, and the Glasgow Warriors thrashing them to a humiliating 43-0 defeat.

Murphy, who serves as the assistant coach for Leicester was quite delighted to have beaten the Northampton Saints, even though the Tigers have been much more accustomed to fighting for the Champions Cup and the Aviva Premiership.

Speaking about the turn of events so far for the team, the assistant coach had said,

“I have been here 20 seasons and I don’t remember having such a tough run of games. Emotionally, it can wear you down.

“But I believe that if the guys who take to the field play with the passion they did today, we can compete with anyone. It’s not all doom and gloom.

“We have got some work to do because we are in a hole. The only way you can get out of the hole is to grab a spade and dig. We will work and get out of that hole.”

Tigers now sit at 13 points with one round of fixtures left.

LEICESTER TIGERS’ FULL-BACK, VEAINU TO MISS NORTHAMPTON SAINTS DERBY

The Leicester Tigers will be meeting the Northampton Saints on Saturday at Welford Road, in the Aviva Premiership derby and the game will see George Worth continue at full back position for Leicester Tigers.


Just last week, Worth had started against Bristol, having stepped in to replace Mathew Tait who was fit due to a broken jaw, and a TelusaVeainu who was away on international duty at the time for Tonga.

After picking up a head injury in the international clash, Veainu would be unavailable for the match against Northampton Saints and could stay on the sidelines for quite a lengthy period.

Richard Cockerill, director of Rugby for Leicester Tigers, speaking about Veainu had said,

“The advice is that Telusa will have a period of stand down until the symptoms have gone,”
“With Mat Tait out it isn’t ideal but it is an opportunity for others to step up,”

Leicester Tigers won’t quite have any worries with Worth retaining his place at the full back, considering that he had been impressive in the game against Bristol, and had also made a great show in the Anglo-Welsh cup where they won over Bath and Newport Gwent Dragons.

“George had a really solid game at Bristol. He was great under the high ball and good defensively.

“He is a young lad who still has a lot to learn. But this is another opportunity to see where he is at in a big local derby in front of 25,000, which brings different pressures.” He added.

After sustaining a head knock in the game against Harlequins a few days ago, Tom Croft would be making a return to the squad. Croft had a bout of sickness last weekend but according to Cockerill, he was back in training.

McGuigan Settles Into Leicester Fold Easily

The new hooker of the Leicester Tigers, George McGuigan, has settled into the team easily. He came to the Tigers gang from the Newcastle Falcons rugby team before the start of this season.

He has played in three Aviva Premiership games till now. His first start was against his former team Falcons. The Tigers beat the Falcons by 14-13 points and McGuigan made his debut for the Leicester team in the second half replacing Tom Youngs.

McGuigan is happy to be spending some valuable time with Tom Youngs, the England and British & Irish Lions front rower. He has been advising McGuigan about his job in the team and what his roles for the team are. McGuigan considers Tom Youngs as his role model and is looking forward to give his best shot for the rugby club.

Even though Leicester earned 4 points from the game against the Falcons, they feel that there is still more to be done in order to hit the peak form and to maintain it. McGuigan said that the dressing room was not happy with the way the team had performed against Newcastle. There is a lot more expected of every member of the team and the players have understood what the rugby union is looking for.

The Tigers have shown very good character in the Aviva Premiership games that they have played this season. They rallied from behind to upset Gloucester in a thrilling game and then kept the Falcons at bay in the last 10 minutes to prevent the Falcons from snatching a victory from them. A lot of action happened at their goal line towards the end and it looked like the Tigers were under a lot of pressure at the fag end of the game. McGuigan said that the team is intending to stay in the top half of the table right through.

Leicester Players Help Other Teams To Win

There have been eyes on the Leicester Tigers for a while now.

They have had a successful weekend recently. Ben Youngs and Dan Cole have been part of the England team which won victory over Brisbane. Will Evans has also been able to have a successful part in the under 20s team as they won the under 20 championship in the recent world rugby tournament.

In the opening Test match England was able to gain a score of 10-0. They were able to win a victory over Wallabies in a game that turned out to be a thriller of seven tries at the Suncorp stadium. Cole also played a key figure in this victory as a prop from Leicester Tigers. They were able to secure a yellow card for Scott Sio, a key player for the opponent side and that helped in gaining an advantage in the game against the Aussies.

Owen Farrell on the other hand has profited by kicking about 24 points. That included six penalties. These helped to add to the tries of the other players in order to help England gain a win in the three Test series. The second test is coming up in Melbourne. The senior team seemed to have helped England’s under 20s team gain confidence as they were able to gain a victory in the same weekend against Scotland. The game was held at the Manchester city stadium. Evans in his debut in the U20s group helped the team to gain an advantage against their opponents. Indeed, the players of Leicester are much in demand and most exhibit remarkable skills on the field that have helped make a difference to any team that they have played with. With such a track record the Leicester Tiger players are sure to be in demand across the continent and will help make a difference to any team that they play with.

Morgan hopeful of recovery

Ben Morgan, the England No. 8, is in quite high spirits about his fitness issues as he looks set to recover from an injury that ended his season in time to keep his dream of representing England in the Rugby Six Nations alive.

Capped 27 times by the England team, Morgan has not played a competitive match since suffering a horrendous looking broken leg while playing for Leicester Rugby against Saracens FC in the Aviva Premiership in January.

However, the recent signs have been encouraging enough and Morgan is on track to return and could also play some part in the warm up matches ahead of the tournament if he is selected in the final squad before the tournament proper kicks off at the start of February. A few tickets are still available for the home England matches – click this link if you’re interested in seeing them play at Twickers.

Morgan last played for his country in the Autumn Internationals during England’s 26-17 win against Australia where he score a brace but the injury meant that he was ruled out for the entirety of the 2015 Six Nations Championship, and only just recovered in time to feature in the World Cup.

It has been made more or less clear that Ben Morgan still features heavily in the plans of England boss Eddie Jones and if fit, will be pushing for a starting role in the tournament. The Leicester man underwent a final surgery on his leg recently and the signs look good for him.

He said that he has found this time on the sidelines very difficult, but he remains positive and is using this experience to make himself a better player when he comes back from the injury. However, he did admit that he will be at a disadvantage having not played any competitive rugby for some time but when push comes to shove, he will show that he means business if he is selected.

Cockerill says Leicester Tigers will spend money in transfer window

Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Leicester Tigers is in need of some high quality reinforcements and will not back down from spending money to plug the holes in the squad, according to Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill.

The Leicester boss has identified centre and full back positions as two areas that need to be addressed immediately and has said that he has been speaking to Aaron Mauger, who will take up the head coach’s responsibilities at the club next season as they decide on squad strengthening. The pair has already come up with two key areas that need to be addressed and according to Cockerill, the board has given them the green signal to spend money where it needs to be done.

He said that the Leicester Tigers is willing to spend a considerable amount of cash on the right person if they find him to be a good fit for the side. He added that they are looking at the midfield area and full back position and mentioned that the team could certainly use some gold dust players in those positions.

He mentioned that finding the right player is one thing, but affording them might be another challenge. The team has struggled throughout the season with injuries to key midfield personnel including Ant Allen and Manu Tuilagi and with the long absences of these two, they have taken the field together just once out of the 30 matches the team has played this season.

At full back, with Blaine Scully and Mat Tait already confirming their departures, the Leicester Tigers need good players in that position as well. Cockerill said, however, that they will not throw money at panic buys and anyone who comes in will be deserving of a place in their squad, adding that there will be no panic buys.

Leicester Beats London Irish by 12-6

To secure the hope of finishing in the top four, Leicester Tigers beat London Irish which was a close-knit encounter.

In the first half, scrum was dominated by Leicester and it was in the last minute of the break that Geoff Cross was sin-binned. Two penalties were kicked by Freddie Burns and the visitors had a half time with 9-3 with a drop-goal. It was in the Madejski Stadium with rain and windy condition.
It was David Mele who secured the necessary points for Tigers just when Shane Geraghty retorted with fly-half.

It is the sixth position for Leicester which is levelled to Sale and Wasps in the fifth place and London Irish levelled with Newcastle on the 10th. It was the unsuccessful change with the fitness test of Fergus Mulchrone while Tom Fowlie moves in to take the place with Alex Lewington at the beginning of XV. Possession along with territory was controlled by Leicester and lead was given by Burns with 9-0. The Irish backs had to face reshuffling as Topsy Ojo had to go due to knee injury.

It was dominance by Leicester as Scotland International Cross had also sin-bin at the 34 minute. Lead was not extended Burns and another penalty was sent. It was Mele who at the end garnered 12-6. The coach of London Irish, Glenn Delaney stated that it was in the beginning of 35 minutes that they had lost the game. In the early scrums of two, Tom Court was penalised by the referee.

It was Leo Halavatau who was able to rectify the position. In the final third the team has to perform better than that. Richard Cockerill, the director of Leicester Tigers stated that they had put a good effort against a dangerous team despite Freddie missing three kicks and he had to go.