Leicester City have reportedly completed the signing of former Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand as they continue to bolster their first-team squad.
According to well-known journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the Foxes have secured the 31-year-old’s services after extensive negotiations.
He tweeted: “Deal completed and confirmed. Ryan Bertrand will join Leicester on a three-year contract plus option to extend until June 2024. Bertrand will be announced as new Leicester signing in the next days.”
After departing his boyhood club Chelsea back in 2015 in search of regular game time, Bertrand established himself as the first-choice left-back at St. Mary’s, making 240 appearances for Southampton in all competitions.
However, the ex-England international left the Saints on a free transfer last month after his contract expired following a six-year spell on the south coast.
Several top clubs across the continent were credited with an interest in the experienced full-back, but it appears as though the appeal of Europa League football and playing under Brendan Rodgers has been enough to secure Bertrand’s signature for Leicester.
After narrowly missing out on a Champions League qualification spot for the second consecutive season, Rodgers has wasted no time in strengthening the resources at his disposal.
Although Bertrand may not be the most exciting or glamourous purchase of the summer, his potential arrival represents another piece of astute business in the transfer market from the Leicester hierarchy.
He will fill the gap that Christian Fuchs has left behind following his exit and provide cover and competition for teenage talent Luke Thomas while the highly-rated James Justin continues his recovery from a serious knee injury.
By securing Bertrand’s services on a free, Rodgers will be able to focus his relatively modest resources on other, more important areas of the squad, giving Leicester a better chance of finally breaking into the Premier League’s top four.