Leicester leading chase for next Jamie Vardy in Leyton Orient's non-league star Macauley Bonne

The in-demand 23-year-old has scored 17 goals already for the National League leaders this season.

And the Foxes are one of five Premier League teams who have shown an interest in the red-hot non-league striker.

Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Fulham and Huddersfield are also keen on Bonne, who is valued in the region of £500k.

O’s boss Justin Edinburgh claims the Londoners – top of the National League – do not have to sell Bonne,  who signed a new two-year deal in August.

But the interest in their prized asset has gone through the roof in recent weeks due to his stunning form.

Championship clubs Norwich, Stoke, Nottingham Forest, QPR and Sheffield United all have Bonne on their radar too.

The Ipswich-born forward scored 25 goals last season after joining Orient from Colchester.


Age – 23

Position – Striker

Born – Ipswich

Current club – Leyton Orient

International – Zimbabwe (2 apps, 1 goal)

Former clubs – Colchester, Lincoln (loan), Woking (loan)

Current season – 24 apps, 17 goals


That's the same number of goals as Vardy netted in his first campaign in non-league football with Halifax in 2011.

Bonne is currently joint top scorer in the National League, level with Salford's big-money forward Adam Rooney.

Althoug  Bonne plays in England's fifth tier, he has two international caps with Zimbabwe after qualifying through his parents.

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