Leicester City fans react to Ricardo Pereira transfer links

Benfica's Argentinian forward Franco Cervi (R) vies with Porto's defender Ricardo Pereira during the Portuguese league footbal match between SL Benfica and FC Porto at the Luz stadium in...

Leicester City are reportedly clear favourites to sign FC Porto right-back Ricardo Pereira.

Aves' Brazilian goalkeeper Adriano Facchini (L) and Aves' Portuguese defender Pedrinho try to block a shot on goal by Porto's Portuguese defender Ricardo Pereira (C) during the Portuguese...

Leicester City are closing in on securing the services of Porto right-back Ricardo Pereira, according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, and Foxes fans on Twitter are delighted.

The former Premier League champions have failed to challenge for a top-six finish for two seasons in a row following their title win, with the club's transfer activities a significant reason for that.

Landing a quality full-back-cum-winger like Pereira will help strengthen the Leicester squad next term, and their fans took to Twitter to express their happiness at the news.

Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham have also been linked with the 24-year-old Portugal international, but it is the King Power Stadium-based club that are leading the race to sign the wantaway star according to A Bola.

Pereira impressed on loan at Nice under Leicester boss Claude Puel upon arriving from Porto in 2015, and the French manager is looking to reunite with his former charge.

Porto's Portuguese forward Ricardo Pereira advances with the ball past Os Belenenses' goalkeeper Moreira but fails to score during the Portuguese League football match between Os...

The versatile defender has scored twice and assisted five times in 36 games across all competitions this term, and he is surely a long-term replacement and an upgrade on Danny Simpson who has no goals or assists in 29 appearances this season.

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