​Leicester City are close to the signing of Demarai Gray from their Birmingham namesakes, after they reportedly triggered a £3.75m release clause in the contract he signed a mere six months ago.

He's one of the most talked-about names outside the Premier League but what do we actually know about him?

Our man @aidencusick has the answers to those all-important questions below...

Where Does He Play?

Like most modern wingers, Gray is equally capable on either flank despite being predominantly right-footed. However, it is on the left where he has spent the majority of the current campaign and, arguably, where he is most effective.

Is He Any Good?

Judging by the sheer quantity of clubs being linked with him, it's fair to assume he must be. Pretty much every Premier League club has had its name associated with Gray's over the past 12 months - notably Liverpool, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur - while form further afield, Bayern Munich were listed as surprise suitors last summer. The Bavarians' reported interest followed a productive first full campaign, in which six goals and one assist were recorded.


Based on Gray's performances this season - one goal (see below) and one assist in 24 league outings - a bit of skepticism is fair. However, having only missed one league game since November 2014 and played for England's Under-20s at last summer's Toulon Tournament, perhaps all he needs is a rest.

At 19 years of age, he does have a sizeable chunk of career ahead, although Birmingham seemingly couldn't wait to usher him through the door. Regarding the player's potential transfer last week, Blues boss Gary Rowett said: "I see it as a win-win for everybody and I think that’s how we’ve all got to view it.

"Should this be the window that the right Premier League club comes up for Dimmy - and it’s something that’s attractive for him and the finances work for the club - then within that, it would give us some money to go and build a little bit again."

Gray was left out against fellow play-off contenders Brentford on Saturday (the 'one' I was referring to from earlier) and the Blues won 2-1...

Why Leicester?

Gray reportedly turned down the Premier League title chasers during the previous transfer window, citing the likelihood of limited first-team opportunities. This, if true, suggests more positive assertions have been made this time around, and the word on the street is that the youngster will be drafted straight into the Foxes' senior set up.

With Riyad Mahrez attracting outside interest and Nathan Dyer's loan from Swansea due to end this summer, Gray has a chance to get his feet under the table at the King Power Stadium, which is only around an hour's drive from St. Andrew's - far closer than Southampton, or Munich for that matter.

He scored this goal against Claudio Ranieri's men in pre-season...

Anything else?

Gray was the Football League's Player of the Month for December 2014, thanks largely to the hattrick he scored in a 6-1 demolition of Reading. He has long been on England's radar, linking up with the under-18s in November 2013, and has also played at both under-19- and 20 levels but is yet to feature for Gareth Southgate's under-21 side, despite receiving a call up late last year.