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Last Updated on January 30, 2023 by

Leicester are in talks with Stoke City over a deal for defender Harry Souttar and are optimistic about signing him, TEAMtalk can reveal.

Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers has picked the Australian giant World Cup star to bolster his defensive woes. Stoke centre-back Souttar  – who is 180 cm tall – was one of the standout players of the Australian team at the World Cup.

Indeed, he impressed his country as he defied expectations by reaching the last 16 of the competition before losing out to eventual winners Argentina.

The 24-year-old’s impressive performances in Qatar were all the more remarkable as he had only recently recovered from a serious knee injury that sidelined Souttar for more than a year.

Souttar was attracting interest from Premier League clubs even before his injury. However, his brilliant performances in Qatar once again put him on the radar of many top clubs across Europe.

Last month, we revealed that Wolves and West Ham were among those considering a move for Souttar.

However, it is Leicester who are pushing to close a deal for the defender ahead of Tuesday’s transfer deadline.

Reports indicate Leicester will pay around £12m for Souttar after their £10m opening bid was rejected last week.

Stoke boss Alex Neil downplayed claims that Souttar could leave the Potters before the window closes.

“It will be very doubtful that Soutts will leave,” Neil told BBC Radio Stoke.

However, we understand that things have developed after Leicester’s increased offer. We understand that Souttar could become a Leicester player before the window closes.

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