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Have we seen the last of Andrej Kramaric?

The record-signing may not suit up for Leicester City again

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Last January, Leicester needed a miracle. Relegation threatened and outclassed in the premier league, the Foxes longed for a hero.

In a game of survival called the Barclays Premier League, Leicester went out and spent a club-record 6.75 million pounds on Croatian striker Andrej Kramaric. Scoring 37 times in 42 appearances with HNK Rijeka, Kramaric would be the phoenix which Leicester needed to raise from the relegation zone.

Well, not exactly.

Fast forward a year. Leicester survived, rescuing their season with a fourteenth place finish. The first half of the 2015-16 campaign saw striker Jamie Vardy go on a goal-scoring tear and Shinji Okazaki push ahead of Kramaric in the pecking order.

With Kramaric demoted to the bench, the Croatian then lost the battle for reserve striker to Argentine Leonardo Ulloa. In just 15 games with the Foxes, Kramaric managed just two goals.

Rather than allowing the Croatian to rot as an unused substitute on the bench, Leicester loaned their former record-signing to relegation threatened Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.

This was a shot at redemption for Kramaric. In nine games with Hoffenheim - over half the amount of appearances he had with Leicester - the Croatian striker has scored four times - double what he scored in England.

Kramaric has found the offensive touch he seemingly left behind at Rijeka. But his scoring touch just doesn't collaborate with the style of play at Leicester or in the Premier League.

With the striker's current contract set to expire this summer, it doesn't appear Leicester are in any hurry to ink a new deal for Kramaric. On loan for the rest of this season, it appears we may have seen the last of Andrej Kramaric in Leicester.

If this is the case, where will he end up next season?

Hoffenheim are definitely the front-runners to sign Kramaric at the end of the season. The current deal gives Hoffenheim the option to buy the striker permanently after the loan expires.

In order for Hoffenheim to retain Kramaric, they would likely have to stave off relegation. Currently in sixteenth place and in position for the relegation playoff, Hoffenheim are just one point back from thirteenth and are even on points with seventeenth place Eintracht Frankfurt.

If they escape the drop zone to stay in the Bundesliga, Kramaric will most likely stay in Germany.

Multiple Italian clubs have also shown interest in the Croatian striker. Juventus, Inter Milan, Sampdoria, Genoa, Torino, and Atalanta have all been linked with potential moves for Kramaric.

Other sides that could be in the running to sign Kramaric this summer are West Ham and Olympique Lyon.

If Hoffenheim choose not to exercise their option to sign Kramaric permanently, look for one of the aforementioned Italian clubs to swoop the striker.