After a breakthrough in talks, it looks as if Southampton’s Jannik Vestergaard will sign for Leicester City in the coming days, with the Danish defender undergoing a medical with the Foxes on Thursday.
What’s the word?
According to Hampshire Live journalist Tom Leach, Leicester have agreed a £15m fee with Southampton for the 29-year-old. He is currently training with Brendan Rodgers’ side in the hope that he can sign in time for their Premier League opener against Wolves this weekend.
Following Danny Ings’ exit earlier this month, it was perhaps always likely that Southampton would look to cash in on Vestergaard, as his current contract is also set to expire in less than 12 months, so selling him for £15m now would certainly be preferable to losing him for nothing at the end of this season.
Will Hasenhuttl be worried?
Whilst you would hope that a replacement will be brought in quickly, it is undoubtedly a blow to the Austrian manager that one of his top performers from last season is departing for a Premier League rival just a couple of days before the season begins.
After a difficult start to life at St Mary’s, Vestergaard established himself as a key part of Hasenhuttl’s defence last season, making 30 appearances in the Premier League, in which he contributed three goals and averaged a solid 6.89 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
It is no surprise that Leicester have looked to bring in a centre-back after Wesley Fofana broke his leg in pre-season, and Southampton will have to be equally efficient in their search for a replacement if they want to avoid a poor start to the campaign.
The Saints conceded 68 goals in the top-flight last season and have also lost the experienced Ryan Bertrand from their defence, so Hasenhuttl will surely be worried that his side are in for another difficult season in the top-flight.
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