Hasenhuttl confirms £15m Leicester move for Saints defender

Date published: Thursday 12th August 2021 6:00 - James Holland

Ralph Hasenhuttl Southampton

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed that centre-back Jannik Vestergaard is close to joining Leicester City.

Vestergaard has made 79 appearances for the club since his move from Borussia Monchengladbach three years ago.

He featured for Denmark at the Euros as Kasper Hjulmand’s side reached the last four, for the first time since they won the competition back in 1992.

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It was revealed on Wednesday that Leicester had submitted a £15million bid for Vestergaard.

It’s believed that the Saints have accepted that proposal.

When asked about the 29-year-old defender, Hasenhuttl said: “He is doing the medical check, and when that is done, then the deal is done.

“He will go to Leicester, then it is for us to replace him and this is what we will do in the future.”

Vestergaard looks set to replace Wesley Fofana in Brendan Rodgers’ squad.

The talented 20-year-old picked up an injury during Leicester’s friendly against Villarreal on Saturday. He will be out until 2022.

Vestergaard will become the second important player to leave St Mary’s this summer.

Hasenhuttl has already lost prolific striker Danny Ings to Aston Villa.

The England international had entered the last 12 months of his contract and was signed for around £30m.

Saints moved quickly to replace him, with Adam Armstrong arriving from Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday.

He cost the south coast club £15m and has penned a contract lasting until 2025.

Armstrong was one of the most deadly forwards in the Championship last term. He netted 28 goals in 40 appearances, putting him behind only Ivan Toney on the goalscoring charts.

Speaking about his move, Armstrong said: “It’s unbelievable to be here – such a massive club with a great fanbase and it’s just something that I’m really looking forward to.

“I thought it was perfect as my next step. I wanted to get back to the Premier League from what I’ve done for Blackburn, so I’m over the moon.”

He is likely to start alongside Che Adams up front this season. Hasenhuttl can also rely on Shane Long, Michael Obafemi and Armando Broja in attack.

Broja joined on a season-long loan from Chelsea shortly before Armstrong’s announcement.


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