Aston Villa, Derby County odds on signing De Laet

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez in action with Leicester City's Ritchie De Laet

Derby County are favourites for the Leicester City defender, but Aston Villa are a short 6/1.

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez in action with Leicester City's Ritchie De Laet

Aston Villa are among the favourites to sign Leicester City right-back Ritchie De Laet this summer.

The Belgian might be deemed surplus to requirements with the Foxes after manager Claudio Ranieri loaned him to Middlesbrough in Feburary, with the 27-year-old helping Aitor Karanka's side win automatic promotion to the Premier League.

The former Manchester United man managed 12 top-flight games for City prior to his loan, meaning he was entitled to a Premier League winners medal with Leicester.

New manager Roberto Di Matteo poses after the press conference

Bet Victor have now offered odds of 6/1 on Aston Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo signing him, with Derby County favourites at 2/1.

He did not play as often as he would have liked at Boro, but Karanka is 4/1 to sign him permanently - second favourites behind Derby County.

Nigel Pearson, who signed him for Leicester, is now in charge of County.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson

Of course, De Laet also helped Leicester to promotion in the 2013-14 campaign, and Aston Villa and Derby would do well to sign a player with that know-how.

Aston Villa fans have something a love-hate relationship with current right-back Alan Hutton and many Villans would not be adverse to the idea of seeing him displaced.

Aston Villa's Alan Hutton applauds the fans at the end of the match

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