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Done Deal! Leicester City sign Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward for £12.5m

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Meet the keeper you didn’t know the Foxes needed

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If you squint, it looks a lot like our third kit from last year.
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It’s official! Leicester City have signed Wales goalkeeper Danny Ward from Liverpool for the princely sum of £12.5m. For perspective, remember that three years ago, £12.5m would have been a club record transfer. Didn’t think City were looking to make a big money move for (presumably) a backup goalie? Neither did we.

That’s a much better-looking shirt, isn’t it Danny? And, that’s a much better haircut, too.

The former Wrexham man made exactly one senior appearance for the Reds lasts year, starting between the sticks against (check notes) Leicester City in the Foxes 2-0 League Cup victory. His opportunities to move up the ladder at Anfield were dealt a lethal blow when the Reds added former Roma shot-stopper Alisson.

Presumably, it was Ward’s 2016/17 campaign on loan at Huddersfield that made the greater impression. Ward played 46 matches with the Terrier during their promotion campaign, keeping a clean sheet in the promotion final against Reading and saving Jordan Obita’s penalty in the shootout.

Ward’s role at Leicester City will presumably be that of deputy to Kasper Schemichel. The Danish stopper has been without serious competition for the #1 shirt for his sever years with the Foxes and manager Claude Puel hinted that that may change:

“Pre-season preparations have started well for us and with Danny joining the group, it will give us even more competition in the squad, which is crucial for us ahead of what will be another very competitive Premier League campaign.”

Ward is now the fourth new addition this summer, along with Jonny Evans, Ricard Pereira, and James Maddison. Is this the end of Leicester’s summer shopping spree? What do you think?

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Do Leicester City still need to buy this summer?

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  • 87%
    Yes - We’re flush with money from the Mahrez sale and we still need to strengthen the squad.
    (28 votes)
  • 12%
    No - We have quality at all positions and adding more players will just create a log jam.
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Maybe - I don’t really follow football and have no idea what you’re talking about.
    (0 votes)
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