With only a little over an hour to go until the deadline, we’re pretty much at the point where no deals that aren’t already underway, and relatively close to completion, can be made in time.
Dennis Praet is still at the training ground and IS expected sign in time. Callum Elder will be headed out, joining Hull City permanently. And that's it.
After Harry Maguire got his big money move, there has been plenty of speculation that Leicester City were lining up a few signings. In particular, we’d talked a lot about potential CB replacements.
Nathan Aké was ruled out as too expensive before today. James Tarkowski was still a remote possibility, but Sean Dyche appears to have ruled out any chance of that today. Other than that, plenty of names were thrown around, but it seems that the Foxes never committed to a bid.
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While Praet joins in midfield, fans were particularly hopeful that the boost to transfer funds might provide the opportunity to add another winger. The name most often thrown around was Hakim Ziyech of Ajax, rumoured to be available for about £35m.
Turns out, those rumours were probably wrong. Kristof Terreur believes that Ajax were doing everything could to keep hold of him, and there has been no word of a genuine bid, for Ziyech or any other winger.
Praet would be an extremely useful and versatile signing for #LCFC. Controls tempo of the game well, gets box to box and is tireless (not quite have Kante's engine, though). He would add balance and tenacity. Isn't afraid to press and comfortable under pressure. Reported fee 18m.— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) August 8, 2019
The transfer window has been a solid one for Leicester, but it is unusual to see it end with a net spend of only around £15-20m, their lowest for a few years.
Equally frustratingly, it doesn’t look like any moves are expected out, either.
As we’ve said before, it’s not the end of the world for most of the unwanted players, as most European clubs’ transfer windows go on after this. It does mean that we can’t expect to make much, if any, money from sales.
Yes, mentioned King, James and Amartey specifically because they were the likelier ones to move to Prem/Champ clubs.— Jordan Blackwell (@JrdnBlackwell) August 8, 2019
Suspect there will be a fair few who join European clubs before the end of August.
It does end any possibility for Daniel Amartey’s rumoured move to Sheffield United, however.