Welcome to LeicestershireLive’s coverage of all things Foxes, on Wednesday, June 28.
New No. 1
Leicester City are “set to sign” Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen, it has been claimed.
The Citizens shot-stopper spent last season on loan at Championship side Middlesborough where he played 44 times. He helped them reach the play-off semi-finals where they lost to Coventry City.
And the USA international crossed paths with new Foxes boss Enzo Maresca at the Etihad. Steffan was at the club when the Italian worked with the club’s youth team before becoming Pep Guardiola’s assistant last summer.
And talkSPORT claim a deal to bring Steffen to the King Power Stadium this summer is close. The 28-year-old is adapting to play from the back, which Maresca is likely to want his team to play next season.
Full of wolves
Leicester City are “closing in” on the signing of Wolves defender Conor Coady.
The 30-year-old spent last season on loan at Everton, but the Premier League side rejected an option to buy him this summer, opening the door for Leicester to swoop.
According to the Mirror, City hope to have the transfer “completed this weekend” before the players return to training at Seagrave on Monday. Leicester are said to have “beat off strong competition in the Premier League” for the England international, something of a coup for Enzo Maresca who will get a top-quality player and a proven leader on his hands.
Maresca is said to have ‘targeted’ Coady after Pep Guardiola made ‘complimentary remarks’ after the defender struggled against his Manchester City teams. Maresca worked with Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium before leaving to take the Leicester job.
Leicester City have “discussed” Arsenal defender Zach Awe as a potential signing this summer.
The 19-year-old was offered a new contract by the Gunners, but rejected their offer and will now leave Arsenal when his contract expires at the end of June.
Awe has been in matchday squads under Mikel Arteta at Arsenal, but is yet to make his professional debut. Despite this, he will be leaving north London in search of regular senior football next season. The defender has already been linked with a move to the Championship, with Leicester now named as potential suitors.
It gets personal
Leicester City midfielder James Maddison has “agreed personal terms” with Tottenham Hotspur ahead of a summer move.
Maddison has been heavily linked with both Tottenham and Newcastle in recent weeks, but now looks set for a move to north London – which could now progress quickly. City are said to have quoted around £60million for a move, although with terms now agreed, a deal between Leicester and Spurs may not be too far off.
According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Maddison has agreed terms and negotiations between the two clubs are “finally moving forward”. He said Tottenham boss Daniel Levy was “very active” in trying to get the deal done as soon as possible.
A swift exit for Maddison would boost City’s squad planning for next season, with a clearer picture of what the future looks like.
Leicester City are reportedly in talks with Tottenham over a deal for midfielder Harry Winks, as Enzo Maresca begins his squad rebuild.
City are expected to be active in the current transfer window as they prepare for life in the Championship. They have already confirmed the departure of seven players, who have left at the end of their contracts, with James Maddison also looking set to leave the King Power Stadium.
City and Tottenham are in talks over a potential deal for the England international, with Spurs said to be offering £40m plus add-ons. But it seems there are also talks going on between the two clubs about another English midfielder.
According to the Telegraph ‘Negotiations’ are underway for a move that would see Harry Winks come to City. The deal is said to be ‘unconnected’ to Maddison negotiations.
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