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Leicester beat Chelsea and Liverpool to Daka with Salzburg hitman set to seal move ‘next week’

LEICESTER are tipped to beat Chelsea, Liverpool and West Ham to Zambia sensation Patson Daka after reportedly agreeing a deal with RB Salzburg.

The 22-year-old has also been linked to West Ham and RB Leipzig after a 34-goal mega-season for the Austrian champions.

Patson Daka could join Leicester next week after 34 goals in the Austrian top flight for RB Salzburg as that league’s player of the year
Leicester chief Brendan Rodgers wants new blood to challenge frontrunners Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho

But journalist Fabrizio Romano claims Daka joining Leicester is a “done deal” to be announced next week.

Daka was the Austrian Bundesliga’s player of the year, having hit 54 goals in 82 top-flight matches after joining Salzburg in 2017.

Foxes’ boss Brendan Rodgers has prioritised a new striker.

And his interest in Daka has hardened due to a £15million move for Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard falling in doubt.

But Daka could cost up to £30m after four Austrian titles in a row.

And he was left out of Zambia’s last squad, with head coach Milutin Sredojevic keen for his star man to sort out his next club move.

Sredojevic said: “Daka has to decide on his next future, and it is just fair that he can make a decision that is in the best interest of the country.”

Leicester need back-up for ex-England ace Jamie Vardy, 34, and Nigeria frontman Kelechi Iheanacho, 24.

And Rodgers admitted at the end of the domestic season: “We’ll want to strengthen at the top end of the field.


“We need more of a goal threat, and we need to have a bit more physicality in the team.”

“I want to bring in one or two players who have that winning feeling…

“Maybe players who have won something or have that feeling of competing at the top end with their respective teams. That’s something that can help the team.”

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