Leicester defender Filip Benkovic to join Belgian side OH Leuven on loan for the rest of the season as they see off competition from Celtic
- Leicester defender Filip Benkovic is set to secure a loan move to OH Leuven
- Benkovic returned from a loan spell at Cardiff and had been linked with Celtic
- Former Leicester midfielder Andy King will help Benkovic to settle in at Leuven
Leicester City defender Filip Benkovic is joining Belgian side OH Leuven on a season loan.
The 23-year-old returned from a loan spell with Cardiff City last week and had been discussed as an option by Scottish champions Celtic.
Benkovic previously had a loan spell at Celtic in the 2018-19 season.
Leicester City defender Filip Benkovic is joining Belgian side OH Leuven on a season loan
However, with Neil Lennon unsure, Leicester have moved to strike an agreement with Leuven for the Croatia international.
Leuven signed former Leicester midfielder Andy King last week and he will play a role helping Benkovic to settle in.
Former Leicester midfielder Andy King will help Benkovic to settle in at Leuven
Benkovic has played twice for Leicester and has struggled to get into Brendan Rodgers’ team
The new deal awarded to Jonny Evans, which will now run until 2023, delivered a further blow Benkovic’s hopes of finally making his top-flight bow for Leicester.
Leicester are looking to add another centre-back and a forward while they are looking to offload Demarai Gray and will listen to loan offers for Hamza Choudhury.
West Brom and Newcastle have asked about the 23-year-old Choudhury but Leicester would want a loan fee and assurances that he will play.
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