Report: Stoke City agree deal with Danish goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard

Stoke City Flag

Stoke have reportedly closed a deal for Jakob Haugaard, who currently plays for FC Midtjylland.

As per a report in the Stoke Sentinel, the Potters have agreed a deal with FC Midtjylland to sign goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard this summer, with a transfer planned for the coming weeks.

The deal is said to be agreed for a £600,000 fee, with Thomas Sorensen retiring at the end of this campaign, and Asmir Begovic’s future still up in the air amid interest from Liverpool as he enters the final year of his contract.

Haagaard is 23-years-old and currently plays for Danish champions-elect Midtjylland, having represented them 32 times following his transfer from Akademisk BK in January 2012.

He has made 18 appearances this season, conceding just 18 goals, and keeping five clean sheets. He also has experience of European football, in the Europa League, and is a youth international with Denmark - with many expecting his first senior appearance to come in the near future.

The towering stopper - Haugaard is just under two metres tall - has a contract that expires at the end of December this season, and the reported fee sounds acceptable for a young talent with a wealth of first-team experience to his name already.

It is likely that Haugaard is being signed to compete with Jack Butland for the number one jersey, should Begovic leave this summer, and he has certainly shown much in his short career to suggest that he is already good enough for the rigours of the Premier League.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch