Leicester on course to sign Southampton centre-half Jannik Vestergaard

Leicester & Southampton’s Jannik Vestergaard

Two sources have claimed that Leicester City are closing in on signing Jannik Vestergaard from Southampton.

The first source is the Times. In a short update from reporter Gary Jacob, readers have been told:

Southampton are willing to sell Jannik Vestergaard amid interest from Leicester City. The defender has two years left on his contract.

That story has also been backed up by Danish paper Ekstra Bladet.

 

Jannik Vestergaard vs Ralph Hasenhüttl

Jannik Vestergaard started the season as a starter in the Saints backline. However, the Danish defender was subbed out of the Southampton 9-0 defeat to Leicester at halftime, and he’s struggled to lock down a starting spot in the XI ever since.

Ekstra Bladet report that Vestergaard is “not manager Ralph Hasenhüttl’s favorite player”. The Danish paper also believe the centre-half will “change clubs in the summer”.

Leicester reportedly tried to sign Vestergaard in January, but Southampton blocked the move. Yet, the Foxes are poised to try again this off-season, claim Ekstra Bladet.

 

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Leicester have two alternatives if they can’t sign Vestergaard

Ekstra Bladet reported that back in January, Leicester were willing to pay 225 million Danish Krone (around 26 million pounds) for Vestergaard.

The assumption is that the Foxes would offer less money this summer considering the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Should Southampton baulk at the deal, the Foxes have two other defenders they are looking at.

The first is Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake, and the second is Burnley’s James Tarkowski.

Juventus defender Merih Demiral has also been considered by Leicester, however the Turkish defender has recently suffered a knee injury.


SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 30: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg of Southampton evades Oleksandr Zinchenko of Manchester City as he scores their first goal during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Manchester City at St Mary’s Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Tottenham & Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

On Tuesday we reported on the update from the Evening Standard linking Tottenham with a summer move for Southampton captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

That story has been echoed in the Times on Wednesday. However, Spurs may struggle to complete the deal as they have a much lower valuation for Hojbjerg when compared to the Saints:

Southampton have told Tottenham Hotspur that Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg will cost up to £35 million.

Tottenham had hoped that Hojbjerg, 24, would cost about £20 million. Their business will be restricted this summer because of the impact of coronavirus.

The Times suggest that Tottenham might be prepared to include Eric Dier, Serge Aurier and/or Danny Rose in the Hojbjerg deal in order to convince Southampton to sell.

 

Tottenham & Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud

Sticking with Tottenham transfer rumours, Spurs have been linked with a move to sign Olivier Giroud from Chelsea.

Giroud has only recently agreed a contract extension at Stamford Bridge.

However, as Chelsea look to add Kai Havertz to their squad, following the additions of Haki Ziyech and Timo Werner, Giroud is seem as surplus to requirements.

 

Also see: Why Timo Werner’s Chelsea move is bad news for Christian Pulisic & Man City plan to battle Blues for Ben Chilwell.

Chelsea’s 3-year plan to overtake Liverpool & Man City: Blues to put ‘foot on financial peddle as others hit the brakes’.


This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.

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