VfB Stuttgart defeats Paderborn in DFB-Pokal despite Konstantinos Mavropano’s own goal; Harry Souttar signs for Leicester City
Other EPL clubs West Ham and Wolves were also interested in Souttar but it appears Leicester have won the race.
Leicester are believed to have a verbal deal with Championship club Stoke and Souttar will move up to the top flight in a deal worth £15million ($26million), according to BBC Sport.
The acquisition of Souttar will provide a major boost to manager Brendan Rodgers, who has lost goals for his side in what has been an underwhelming season in the Premier League this term.
Dundee United are also expected to benefit from the move as Souttar was a former academy player at the Scottish Premier League club.
The 24-year-old rose to prominence at the World Cup in Qatar, where he was a mainstay in the Socceroos’ defence.
Graham Arnold’s men were knocked out 2-1 by eventual champions Argentina in the last 16, but not before Souttar and his team-mates terrified Lionel Messi’s side with their never-say-the-less approach to the end.
One of the pivotal moments of the Socceroos season was Souttar’s final tackle, denying Tunisia a scoring chance in Australia’s 1-0 group stage win.
“The first thought in my head was I wouldn’t let him in the box,” Souttar told Keepup as he considered the tackle.
“Whether I wanted to get the ball or not, I basically just wanted to try and knock it out.”
Born in Scotland, Souttar played for the country under 17 and under 19.
But he qualified for the Socceroos because his mother was born in Port Hedland, Western Australia.
The 198cm defender made his Socceroos debut in 2019, just days after stepping foot in Australia for the first time.
His hopes of representing Australia at the 2022 World Cup have been dashed after he tore his cruciate ligament while playing for the Socceroos in November 2021.
Souttar returned to the game just in time for the World Cup and, despite a lack of match practice, was able to shine at the flagship event.
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