Leicester City have confirmed the signing of centre-back Wesley Fofana from Saint-Etienne. The French club confirmed that they had reached a deal with the Foxes on Tuesday, and now Leicester have announced the signing of the 19-year-old. He joins for a reported fee of €40 million, a record fee for Saint-Etienne, and has signed a five-year contract.
Wesley Fofana Signs for Leicester City
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Leicester’s Centre-Back Hunt
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has been in the market for a centre-back for most of the transfer window. A lack of defensive options has seen Wilfred Ndidi have to fill in at centre-back due to Jonny Evans’ suspension and Daniel Amartey returning from a long-term injury.
With Evans now back, those worries have been eased somewhat, but the chance to add some good-quality depth was there and that’s why Fofana has come in.
At 19, he is unlikely to play week-in-week-out alongside Caglar Soyuncu but will add another rotation option along with Evans and Wes Morgan.
Leicester also looked to be in for Burnley defender James Tarkowski, but with both the Foxes and West Ham United seemingly dropping out of the race to sign the twice-capped England international, he looks set to stay with Sean Dyche’s side.
One Staying and One Going?
In other Leicester news, John Percy of The Telegraph is reporting that the Foxes are set to offer Harvey Barnes a new contract. The youngster only signed a new five-year deal last year, but following his first call-up to the senior England squad, the club are offering him a more lucrative contract.
Mike McGrath, also of The Telegraph, additionally reports that Demarai Gray could be on his way out of Leicester. Newly-promoted Leeds United are considering a move for the 24-year-old after their deal for Bayern Munich’s Michael Cuisance collapsed due to a failed medical.