Leicester City have bolstered their defence with the signing of Stoke City’s Australian centre back, Harry Souttar. The 24-year-old has signed for the Foxes in a deal worth a reported £15m, with a further £5m of add-ons expected.
Souttar has been at Stoke since 2016, having joined from Dundee United – who are believed to have a 20% sell-on clause, meaning they’ll receive £3m of the initial fee. The player impressed at the World Cup and attracted the attention of numerous top-flight clubs, but it is Leicester who have won the race for the Australian’s signature.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have been in dire need of defensive reinforcements after losing Wesley Fofana and Kasper Schmeichel last season, with club captain Jonny Evans rarely featuring due to injury. Wout Faes and Daniel Amartey have formed the core of the club’s back four this season, with Faes impressing since his move from Reims at the start of the season.
Souttar is expected to replace Daniel Amartey in the Foxes’ backline, with the Ghanaian widely regarded as the ‘weakest link’ in the club’s defence. Brendan Rodgers will be glad to finally have more defensive depth, and the manager will be hoping it helps his side as they face a tough battle to avoid relegation in the coming weeks.