Leicester on verge of £15m deal for Southampton's Jannik Vestergaard
Leicester on the verge of sealing £15m deal for Southampton star Jannik Vestergaard as Brendan Rodgers steps up search for central defender following Wesley Fofana’s horror leg break
- Leicester are on the brink of signing Jannik Vestergaard from Southampton
- The Foxes have been looking for a new defender since Wesley Fofana’s leg break
- Tottenham had previously held talks with the Dane to boost their defence
Leicester are closing in on the £15million signing of Jannik Vestergaard after submitting an initial £13m offer for the Southampton defender.
The Foxes are attempting to sign at least one centre-back before the transfer window closes and have moved again for Vestergaard, who is in the final year of his contract.
Leicester are in the market for defenders due to injuries to Wesley Fofana, who will not play again before 2022 after breaking a leg and damaging knee ligaments, and Jonny Evans, out until at least mid-September with a foot problem.
Leicester are on the verge of signing Jannik Vestergaard from Southampton for £15m
Leicester were compelled to sign a defender after Wesley Fofana broke his leg in pre-season
Sportsmail reported on August 6 that Vestergaard was one of their main targets and a deal could be agreed before the Premier League opener against Wolves on Saturday after an opening bid believed to be worth about £13m.
Leicester had also been looking at Burnley’s James Tarkowski, another player with one year left on his contract, who has interested them in the past.
Vestergaard turned 29 earlier this month but has the Premier League experience Leicester were looking for after losing Fofana and Evans.
Vestergaard, here facing England’s Harry Kane, played a big role for Denmark at Euro 2020
Manager Brendan Rodgers may move for another player in that position before the window closes.
Former England defenders Gary Cahill, who is without a club after leaving Crystal Palace at the end of last season, and Phil Jones are among the names to have been proposed.
Vestergaard joined Saints from German club Borussia Monchengladbach three years ago and has been a regular at the heart of defence. He was also part of the Denmark squad that made the semi-finals of Euro 2020.
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