Leicester expected to match West Ham’s €35m offer for defender

Leicester City are set to match West Ham’s offer for Saint-Ettiene centre-back Wesley Fofana, according to reports in France.

The 19-year-old broke into the French side’s first team at the end of the 2018/19 season. He made his debut for them in May 2019 as Saint-Ettience beat Nice 3-0 in Ligue 1.

The defender made 24 appearances in all competitions for the French outfit in his first full season in the first team.

He joined Saint-Ettiene in 2015 and he made 21 appearances for their reserve team between 2018 and 2019 before breaking into the senior team.

Fofana has already caught the eye of clubs around Europe, with Leicester and West Ham interested. According to Inside Futbol, Brendan Rodgers’ side have already had bids rejected for him. But the Hammers moved ahead in the race to sign him with their opening bid of around €35m.

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In a separate report from French outlet, L’Equipe, Leicester are now ready to match or even better West Ham’s offer for Fofana.

Saint-Ettiene are managed by former Leicester boss, Claude Puel. Inside Futbol’s report adds that he is adamant about keeping Fofana this summer.

It is believed that his board have agreed with him on this. However, if an offer of around €40m is put in for the youngster, they may be forced to sell their prized asset.

David Moyes’ side have only made one signing so far this summer. Tomas Soucek’s loan from Slavia Prague has been made permanent for a fee of around £14.5m.

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But West Ham have made it clear that they are keen to sign a new defender this summer.

Leicester have made two signings so far this window. Full-back Timothy Castagne has signed from Atalanta for around £21m. They have also signed winger Cengiz Ünder on loan with a view to buy from Serie A side Roma.

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