Leicester have been inundated with enquiries about Wales number one Danny Ward, who is attracting interest from a host of clubs, TEAMtalk understands.
Ward impressed through the Euros after becoming number one for his country under Robert Page. The former Liverpool goalkeeper was signed by the Foxes in 2018 when they paid £12million to secure his services.
However, Ward has yet to make his league debut for the club, with Kasper Schmeichel their number one and he shows few signs of relinquishing that.
At 34 Schmeichel still believes he has a number of years left at the top level. To that end, 28-year-old Ward will have to remain number two.
Ward signed a new long-term deal in April, ahead of the European Championship and it is his performances at the tournament that have again highlighted his abilities.
We understand that Premier League clubs are amongst those to have made contact with Leicester, as well as a number of foreign clubs.
It is believed that Leicester have shown little intention of selling Ward, and they believe he is happy. But they might consider selling if he asked for a move, although they would looking for £15million to sign him.
Leicester new boy thrilled to join
Meanwhile, Leicester have made their second signing of the summer by bringing in Boubakary Soumare from Lille for an undisclosed fee.
After announcing the arrival of striker Patson Daka from RB Salzburg recently, Leicester now have another new recruit. Soumare has signed a five-year contract at the King Power Stadium after building up his reputation in Ligue 1. At 22 years old, he has a bright future ahead of him.
Soumare was a top target for Newcastle back in January 2020, but has earned a different Premier League move almost 18 months later.
A Ligue 1 title winner with Lille last season, he has sacrificed Champions League football to join Leicester – who will still be able to offer him Europa League participation.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have come close to finishing in the top four in each of the past two seasons. This is the kind of signing that could help them stay in that territory this time around.
A former Paris Saint-Germain youth product, Soumare made more than a century of appearances for Lille. It all ended on a positive note as they pipped PSG to the league title.
Now the Premier League beckons for the France under-21 international.
“I’m really proud to come to the Premier League and a big club like Leicester,” he told their club website. “It’s going to really help me to develop my game and progress as a player. I feel it is the right step for me.
“It’s a natural progression for me after the interest Leicester showed. It was the most appealing club for me. I like the way they play football.
“It was the most logical choice for me. I’m so proud and honoured to join this club. I will give my all to make everyone happy.”
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