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Thursday Thoughts: Four things to think about

Five Foxes nominated for Premier League Player of the Year, Danny Simpson won't be celebrating in Thailand with the team, some hot transfer rumors of the day, and Foxes at the Euros

Danny Simpson's title celebrations have been postponed
Danny Simpson's title celebrations have been postponed
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The Premier League Player of the Season Award nominees were revealed on Thursday with five Leicester City players making the ten-man list.

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez highlight the quintet, and are joined by teammates Wes Morgan, N'Golo Kante, and Kasper Schmeichel.

Tottenham Hotspur saw three of its players nominated for the award, with league-leading scorer Harry Kane joined by Dele Alli and Toby Alderweireld. The other two nominees are Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and West Ham's Dimitri Payet.

There were quite a few big names left off the list, including Manchester City's Joe Hart and Sergio Aguero along with Manchester United's David de Gea.


Danny Simpson has been issued a curfew stemming from a domestic violence conviction in 2014. For the next 21 days, the right back must be in his home from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. because he failed to complete his community service requirements. He will be monitored by wearing an electronic ankle tag at all times.

Simpson's lawyers tried appealing the curfew and requesting a fine, but the judge denied the appeal, saying that a fine would not be a fitting punishment for Simpson and he must adhere to the curfew.


Jamie Vardy to West Ham?? As far-fetched as it sounds, the Hammers are seeking the star striker for a fee of 20 million pounds. Don't panic, Leicester fans. Vardy is signed until 2019 and he has openly stated his desire to remain with the Foxes.

On a more positive note, another center forward has been widely linked with a move Leicester, and its Italian Serie B star Gianluca Lapadula. The striker's current club, Pescara, have acknowledged the wide-range of potential suitors, and are looking to sell the 26-year-old. Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri is expected to make a bid for Lapadula in the coming days.


N'Golo Kante was named to the provisional squad for France at this summer's UEFA Euros. The host nation announced its roster, naming Kante as one of six midfielders in the 23-man roster. The Leicester midfielder earned a spot over Hatem Ben Arfa and Morgan Schneiderlin.

A more established international presence, Christian Fuchs, was also given a nod by his native Austria for a pair of friendlies against Netherlands and Malta. Fuchs is the captain of the Austrian side and his international call-up can only signal that he is guaranteed to make the team at the Euros.