Socceroo Souttar bets on $27m EPL dream move
He was touted as a future Socceroos captain and played in Qatar. Now Harry Souttar seems to be on his way to the EPL, writes TILLY WERNER.
Harry Souttar’s Premier League dream is set to become a reality.
Multiple media outlets in the UK, including the BBC, have reported that Stoke City have agreed to a £15million (AU$26.4million) deal that will send the Socceroos defender to Leicester City.
Souttar excelled at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and scouts suggested at the time a move from Stoke, currently 18th in the Championship, was likely by the transfer deadline.
Leicester City, the 2015-16 Premier League champions, are currently four places above the relegation zone. Brendan Rodgers’ side lost four straight Premier League games in December and January before drawing 2-2 against Brighton and Hove Albion on 22 January.
Souttar, 24, has been named as the future Socceroos captain. The Aberdeen-born player made his first signing for Stoke City in 2016 and has become a club favorite for his level-headed defence.
While Championship clubs have long known the towering defender, Souttar found international fame for his last-ditch efforts for Australia in Qatar, including a slide tackle against Tunisia that helped secure the Socceroos’ first win of the season.
Socceroos head coach Graham Arnold was immediately convinced of Souttar’s potential value and suggested the center-back will be the focus of EPL clubs in November.
“I’ll tell you what, if I were a Premier League club I would knock on their door real quick. He’s so good,” Arnold told world media during his stay in Qatar.
Souttar is hoping to follow in the footsteps of England defender Harry Maguire with the Foxes. Leicester played a key role in Maguire’s development ahead of his record-breaking Manchester United contract in 2019.
Souttar is the second Socceroo to sign with a Premier League club following Garang Kuol’s move to Newcastle – and subsequent loan to Hearts.
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