Leicester City ‘make fresh approach to sign Harry Souttar’ after Stoke City ‘turned down $17.8million bid’ for Australia’s World Cup hero with Brendan Rodgers desperate to solve his side’s defensive problems
- Leicester are keen to sign Harry Souttar from Stoke City in January
- The towering defender won plenty of admirers for Australia at the World Cup
- The Foxes need to strengthen at the back and have scouted the defender
- Stoke have turned down a $17.8m bid for the 24-year-old Socceroos star
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Leicester City have reportedly made a fresh approach to sign Australia centre-back Harry Souttar from Stoke City after the Potters turned down a $17.8m bid.
The towering defender caught the eye of potential suitors at the World Cup in Qatar last year, helping the Socceroos to reach the Round of 16 for the first time in 16 years.
Australia were knocked out by eventual champions Argentina but Souttar was a standout performer as Graham Arnold’s men became the first Socceroos team to keep two clean sheets at the World Cup.
Leicester City have reportedly approached Stoke to sign defender Harry Souttar
And according to Sky Sports, the Foxes have stepped up their interest in the 24-year-old defender with Brendan Rodgers keen to bolster his defensive options.
The Northern Irishman is desperate to address his side’s defensive frailties, with only three Premier League teams conceding more than the 33 goals the Foxes have let in so far this season.
Leicester have lost their last four Premier League games and are just two points clear of the relegation zone ahead of their clash against Brighton on Saturday.
Summer signing Wout Faes has failed to convince at the back, with his two own goals at Anfield last month a lowpoint in the young Belgian’s career.
Brendan Rodgers is desperate to strengthen his side in the January transfer window
Leicester’s summer signing Wout Faes has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League
On Thursday, Gianluca Di Marzio reported Leicester had tabled a $17.8m for the Australian, which Stoke rejected.
But Rodgers could face competition to land Souttar, with The Daily Record reporting earlier this month that West Ham and Wolves were also keeping tabs on the Australian.
Souttar’s displays at the World Cup were made even more impressive considering the Scotland-born defender ruptured his ACL in a World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia in November.
The Stoke City defender – who scored six goals in his first 10 games for the Socceroos – faced a race against time to be fit in time for the tournament, but was a revelation in Qatar.
Souttar was impressive at the World Cup for Australia, as the Socceroos reached the Round of 16 for the first time since 2006 before losing to eventual champions Argentina
‘I just had so much belief in that boy. I know his mentality is so strong,’ Arnold told reporters after Australia beat Denmark to qualify for the Round of 16.
‘I tell you what, if I was a Premier League club, I‘d be banging on his door real quick. He’s that good.’
Since returning from the World Cup, Souttar has started each of Stoke’s six games in the Championship and was an unused sub for the Potters’ win over Hartlepool in the FA Cup third round.
Stoke have lost their last three league games on the bounce and go into their game against Reading on Saturday just four points clear of the relegation zone.
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