Leicester closing in on £20m deal for Lille star Boubakary Soumare

Leicester closing in on £20m deal for Lille star Boubakary Soumare with at least three new signings expected as Odsonne Edouard move edges closer and Ryan Bertrand talks progress

  • Leicester are preparing to strengthen the squad with at least three signings 
  • Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare is highly-rated 22-year-old closing on move
  • Wesley Fofana has played a role in convincing £20million Soumare to join
  • Brendan Rodgers is also closing on Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard 

Leicester are closing on a £20million deal for Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare as they look to add at least three new signings.

As Sportsmail reported, talks have been ongoing since the turn of the year with the 22-year-old waiting to see what options were available after indicating he wanted to join a club playing Champions League football.

Soumare turned down a £35m move to Newcastle last year and Lille have been willing to accept a lower fee owing to the financial impact of Covid.

Leicester are closing in on a deal for Boubakary Soumare, formerly a Newcastle target

Leicester’s head of recruitment Lee Congerton has had success identifying talent from France with centre-back Wesley Fofana proving an excellent acquisition from St Etienne. 

Fofana knows Soumare well from the France U21 set-up and is understood to have played a part in convincing him of a move to the King Power Stadium.

Soumare was of interest to Leeds after Marcelo Bielsa was impressed having worked with him for a short spell in France but the Foxes are clear front-runners now.  

Brendan Rodgers is looking to strengthen with the addition of at least three players

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard (right) is also anticipated to join in the coming weeks

Manager Brendan Rodgers is also closing on Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard with the France U21 international expected to join in the coming weeks.

Leicester are competing with Arsenal for left-back Ryan Bertrand, who is out of contract at Southampton, and are open to adding another winger.

Meanwhile, Leicester goalkeeper Daniel Iversen is wanted on another season loan by Championship side Preston North End.

Ryan Bertrand is a free agent in the summer and Leicester will rival Arsenal for his signature

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