Belfast Telegraph

Luis Hernandez switch will strengthen Leicester's defensive options

Leicester have announced they will sign defender Luis Hernandez on a free transfer from Sporting Gijon.

The 27-year-old will join the Premier League champions on a four-year deal when his contract with the La Liga side expires at the end of the month.

Hernandez becomes the Foxes' first summer signing as they prepare for the Champions League next season, while they are also chasing Watford striker Troy Deeney.

The central defender is a product of the Real Madrid youth academy and moved to Sporting Gijon in 2012.

The Madrid-born player helped Sporting beat relegation from La Liga by a point last season, playing 36 times, after they were promoted to the Spanish top flight in 2015.

Leicester have been searching for defensive reinforcements to compete with established first-choice pair Wes Morgan and Robert Huth.

Manager Claudio Ranieri insisted after their title win the club would not chase superstar signings but they have seen two bids for Deeney rejected by Watford, the second of £25million coming at the weekend. Press Association Sport understands they are yet to return with an improved offer.

They could lose Jamie Vardy to Arsenal after the Gunners triggered his £20million release clause with the striker yet to make any decision public but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted at the weekend he expected the forward to stay at the King Power Stadium.

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