LEICESTER are on the verge of agreeing a £25million deal to sign Porto defender Ricardo Pereira, according to reports.
The Foxes are looking to boost the defensive quality in the squad after an inconsistent when they flirted with relegation before eventually finishing mid-table.
EPA Ricardp Pereira is the subject of a £25million bid from Leicester
One of the areas they need to strengthen is at right-back, where Danny Simpson is the only recognised player available.
And according to the Telegraph, the man they want is Portugal international Pereira.
The 24-year-old has been watched by a string of Premier League sides over the past 18 months, but it appears Leicester have been quickest to make a move and strike a deal.
Pereira is understood to have a £33m release clause written into his contract, but the Foxes believe they can reach a compromise with a £25m fee with further add-ons built into the transfer.
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The club are keen to get their business done as early as possible this summer in order to have their squad largely in place for the entire pre-season.
And Pereira himself is thought to have told his advisers that he wants his future resolved well before he reports for World Cup duty.
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Portugal are due to meet up towards the end of next week to begin their training camp ahead of Russia 2018, and the player is keen to have a move completed by then so he can focus on the tournament.
Should he make the switch to the King Power Stadium, he would be a potential threat to the playing chances of Simpson, 31.