Derby County are believed to be leading the race to sign Leicester City midfielder Andy King, according to the Derby Telegraph.

Derby, alongside Swansea City, have been heavily linked with King’s services this month, with the Rams looking set to sign the 29-year-old on loan from their Midland rivals until the end of the season.

Nottingham Forest, West Bromwich Albion and Wigan Athletic had also been linked with the Welsh international but are not believed to have strongly pursued any potential deal.

King – a Premier League winner – is expected to leave the King Power Stadium before the transfer window closes on Thursday after struggling for game time this season.

The midfielder has made just one appearance for the Foxes all season and that came in the 2-1 defeat to Newport County in the third round of the FA Cup.

    The midfielder spent the second half of last season on loan with Swansea City and it is believed that he would have made the move permanent if the Welsh side had not suffered relegation to the Championship.