Leicester City signs Hull City defender Harry Maguire

Leicester City have signed defender Harry Maguire from relegated Premier League club Hull city in a deal worth £17m.

It was reported that the deal for the former Hull City player is comprised of an initial £12m fee with add-ons. Maguire’s departure from the Tigers would also mean that Sheffield United, who Maguire left to join Hull in 2014, would receive a fee through a sell-on clause.

Maguire, 24, agreed on a five-year deal and will link up with his new team-mates in early July before their pre-season training camp in Austria.

His entrance to Craig Shakespeare’s team would be welcomed as the Foxes had been in urgent need of reinforcements in the heart of their defence.

Although Leicester team captain Wes Morgan and Robert Huth have been brilliant last season, they were clearly playing through pain at times and clearly needed support, and their absence towards the end of the Premier League season exposed a lack of depth in the Leicester back four.

“It’s obviously a very exciting time for myself,” Maguire said. “Once I had my eyes on this club, I always wanted to join. Thankfully I’m here so I can’t wait to get the season started and kick on.”

“There were a number of clubs interested, but when I met the manager here he pretty much swayed it into the direction of this club. He showed me the way that the club is going. It’s on the up and it looks very promising for the future, so credit to the gaffer.”

“You can see that with the structure of the club it’s going to look upwards rather than down so that was a big reason why, as soon as I knew there was an interest, I wanted to jump at the opportunity.”

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