Premier League leaders Leicester City still want to sign Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa despite having an initial bid rejected by CSKA Moscow, BBC Sport understands.
The Russian side have rejected a $21.6m (£15.1m) offer as they hold out for a fee closer to their $27m (£18.9m) valuation of the forward.
The 23-year-old is believed to be open to a move to Leicester.
The Nigeria captain has a $32.5m (£22.8m) buyout clause in his contract, which runs until 2019.
Leicester are expected to return with an improved bid for the player before the transfer window closes on 1 February.
A former VVV Venlo player, Musa has scored 10 goals in 29 games this season and 11 times in 56 appearances for Nigeria.
Musa, who made his international debut against Madagascar in September 2010, scored twice in Nigeria’s 3-2 loss to Argentina at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
He scored the county’s fastest-ever goal at a World Cup – netting after four minutes – before becoming their first player to score twice in one game at the tournament. By Oluwashina Okeleji BBC Sport, Nigeria
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