Foxes pounce for Jakupovic

Eldin Jakupovic

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare has bolstered his goalkeeping department with the capture of Eldin Jakupovic from relegated Hull.

The 32-year-old shared the duties in goal with David Marshall for the Tigers last season, making 22 Premier League appearances as they finished in the bottom-three to suffer the drop.

But Jakupovic has been offered a top-flight lifeline by the Foxes and jumped at the chance to provide competition for vice-captain Kasper Schmeichel, having signed a three-year deal at the King Power Stadium.

Ben Hamer is currently in Shakespeare's touring party that travelled to China as part of their pre-season preparations, with the English keeper saving a penalty against West Brom in the shootout to seal a place in the Asian Cup final.

Jakupovic will fly out to Hong Kong to link up with his new team-mates and could make his Leicester debut in the final.

"I'm very happy and excited that the deal is finally done," he told his new club's official website. "I'm very excited to be a part of something special here and I can't wait for the first game.

"I knew from the beginning that it will be difficult for myself because Kasper [Schmeichel] is one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.

"I'm going to fight and I'm here to push. A healthy competition is always good and that's only a positive thing. For sure, I'll wait for my chance but I am here and I'm very excited."

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