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Leicester City complete Dragovic loan

A deal 18 months in the making

Austria v Republic of Ireland - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier Photo by Christian Hofer/Getty Images

Leicester City are nothing if not persistent when it comes to transfer deals. That can mean steadfastly holding out for their valuation on a player, and it can also mean tracking their target across multiple transfer windows.

We’ve seen this before with the likes of Demarai Gray, Ahmed Musa and Islam Slimani (and maybe Adrien Silva). Now it appears that even being beaten to the deal won't stop the Foxes.

We first showed interest in Dragovic in the January 2016 window. The two sides couldn’t come to an agreement, but Leicester continued their chase throughout the summer. Ultimately, they were unsuccessful, with Bayer Leverkusen sealing a deal for around £16m.

Nevertheless, it appears that our interest never went away and now, finally, Dragovic is a Leicester City player, even if only for a year.

The Foxes have been short at the back in the absence of Robert Huth, especially with Wes Morgan struggling for fitness. Backup Yohan Benalouane has fallen completely out of favour and manager Craig Shakespeare had prioritised a defensive signing on deadline day.

The Austrian international certainly fits the bill of high quality defensive depth and could force his way into the lineup. He has plenty of experience playing alongside Christian Fuchs, his former national captain, which could help him to adjust to our defence quicker.

With the window closing soon, keep up with all the latest developments here.