Rodgers tar­gets ex­tra fire­power to cope in Europe

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Bren­dan Rodgers wants to add to his strike­force this sum­mer af­ter ad­mit­ting Le­ices­ter City will need to strengthen their squad if they qual­ify for the Cham­pi­ons League.

Jamie Vardy is a Premier League goal cen­tu­rion af­ter scor­ing twice against Crys­tal Palace and will lead the line tonight against Ar­se­nal – the club he turned down in 2016.

The for­mer England in­ter­na­tional is on course to win the Golden Boot and re­mains an in­te­gral part of Rodgers’ plans, but Le­ices­ter want to add at least one for­ward ahead of next sea­son to cope with the ex­tra de­mands if they fin­ish in the top four.

Rodgers is also keen to sign an­other winger and will dis­cuss the sum­mer trans­fer strat­egy with the club’s board this month.

“There’s no doubt we need more op­tions go­ing for­ward. If we have Euro­pean foot­ball next sea­son it will in­crease the num­ber of games and of course we’ll then need to im­prove the squad,” Rodgers said.

“I pre­fer to work with a tight squad and I don’t tend to have too many out­side the group be­cause some will feel they’re never close to play­ing. [But] our re­cruit­ment team are look­ing at tar­gets and op­tions for us to im­prove the squad.”

Le­ices­ter se­cured their first vic­tory since the restart on Satur­day by beat­ing Crys­tal Palace 3-0 to stay third. Sev­enth-placed Ar­se­nal are also tar­get­ing a Euro­pean spot. “We’ve got five cup fi­nals left and we’ll fight to the last whis­tle,” Rodgers said.

England in­ter­na­tion­als Ben Chilwell (foot) and James Mad­di­son (hip) are doubt­ful for the game at the Emirates Sta­dium.

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