Leicester set for busy end to January transfer window

Leicester transfer news: Brendan Rodgers eyes Harry Souttar signing - GETTY IMAGES
Leicester transfer news: Brendan Rodgers eyes Harry Souttar signing - GETTY IMAGES

Brendan Rodgers wants to make Stoke defender Harry Souttar his third January signing at Leicester after tabling a £15 million bid.

Rodgers has made his move for the Australia international and hopes to complete a deal before Tuesday's transfer deadline. Souttar impressed for his country at last year's World Cup and Leicester believe he has the qualities and potential to shine in the Premier League.

Stoke are considering the offer after initially anticipating that Leicester's interest in the 24-year-old had waned.

Alex Neil, the Stoke manager, declared after the FA Cup victory over Stevenage on Sunday that he expected Souttar to stay, as negotiations between the two clubs had stalled.

Leicester submitted the offer on Monday morning and Rodgers wants Souttar to join Victor Kristiansen and Tete as the third new arrival at the King Power Stadium.

Leeds' Jack Harrison has also been a target but that move is understood to be complicated. Rodgers has been determined to recruit young, hungry and ambitious players in this transfer window as he bids to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

"The club is working really hard as it's going to be a really demanding second half to the season," he said. "We are trying to close out one or two things and we'll see what we can do. If we can do that, I'll be really delighted. We're hopeful."

Leicester are also keen to trim their squad before Tuesday's deadline, with Jannik Vestergaard, Caglar Soyuncu, Ayoze Perez and Dennis Praet all available for transfer.

Leicester are only one point above the relegation zone after failing to win in the league since returning from the World Cup break. Rodgers admitted earlier this month that his team are in a relegation battle and they face a tough trip to resurgent Aston Villa this weekend. They then face Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal in a testing sequence of February fixtures.