Leicester closing in on first signing 62 days after window opened with free transfer move for Alex Smithies

    LEICESTER are close to completing the signing of Alex Smithies, who could become their first transfer of the summer.

    The Foxes are the only Premier League team that haven’t brought in any new players during the summer transfer window and are likely to offload a number of fringe players to hold to their stars.

    Leicester are set to land Alex Smithies as their first summer signing

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    Leicester are set to land Alex Smithies as their first summer signingCredit: Getty

    According to Telegraph reporter John Percy, Brendan Rodgers’ side is set to land ex-Cardiff goalkeeper Smithies, 32, on a free transfer.

    Leicester are hoping to make further additions before transfer deadline day as they plan to sell the likes of Boubakary Soumare and Jannik Vestergaard to raise funds.

    Percy tweeted: “[Leicester] close to their first signing of the summer – ex-Cardiff & Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies in talks over a move on a free transfer.

    “The 32yo was recently on trial at [Bournemouth]. Leicester hopeful of further additions through the exits of players inc Soumare & Vestergaard.”

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    Smithies has been a free agent ever since leaving Cardiff in June when his contract expired.

    The 32-year-old started his career at Huddersfield in 2007 and amassed a total of 274 appearances until his departure in 2015.

    The former England Under-19 international joined Queens Park Rangers and played 109 times before his move to Cardiff in 2018.

    The experienced keeper made 100 appearances with the Bluebirds until his recent departure.

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    Leicester saw longtime star shot-stoper Kasper Schmeichel leave for Nice after a legendary 11-year stint with the Foxes.

    Schmeichel registered a total of 478 appearances across all competitions at King Power Stadium and was part of the famous underdog side that won the Premier League in 2016.

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