Ex-Tenerife star all set to join Leicester

LEICESTER were this week on the verge of signing Newcastle’s former CD Tenerife star forward Ayoze Pérez for around £30m.
The 25-year-old striker was granted permission to speak with Leicester, who are confident of completing a deal that will make the Spaniard their second signing of the summer, after triggering a buy-out clause in his contract.
Pérez scored 12 Premier League goals last season, his excellent partnership with Salomón Rondón helping Newcastle to pull away from the relegation zone.
Newcastle will make a large profit on a player signed from Tenerife for £1.5m in 2014, but his departure also leaves a sizeable hole to fill.
Pérez has been Newcastle’s top scorer in all competitions in each of the past two seasons, netting 13 goals in the last campaign, and also reaching double figures the year before.
His arrival will increase Leicester’s attacking options and raise the prospect of Pérez playing alongside Jamie Vardy.
Leicester have tried and failed to find a player to fulfil that second-striker role in recent years, with Kelechi Iheanacho enduring two difficult seasons following his arrival from Manchester City.
Pérez can also play as a wide attacker, and, that versatility, together with his age and his excellent Newcastle form in the second half of the season, when he scored 11 goals, made him an attractive proposition for Leicester and their manager, Brendan Rodgers.
He has already added Luton’s 21-year-old full-back James Justin, to his squad. And Leicester’s determination to strengthen their team with major signings, will not end with Pérez.
 Funds will be available, irrespective of Harry Maguire’s future, although Manchester United are the more likely destination for Maguire as things stand.
Manchester City have been discouraged by Leicester’s asking price, but there are also questions about whether United will be willing to pay more than £75m for the England centre-half.

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