Llorente has impressed with La Liga high-flyers Real Sociedad to catch the eye of Premier League challengers Leicester City.

Leicester City are interested in signing Spanish international Diego Llorente from Real Sociedad in the January transfer window, according to the Mirror (6 November, page 51), with a club-record £45 million addition lined up.

Llorente has been one of the key performers in a brilliant start to the season for Sociedad, who are joint top of La Liga on 22 points with a team full of exceptional young talents, such as Martin Odegaard, Alexander Isak and Mikel Oyazarbal, living up to their potential.

But La Real are at risk of losing one of their star men in the winter.

The Mirror claims that Leicester want to bring five-time international Llorente to the King Power Stadium with the 6ft 1ins stopper, who can also play in midfield, identified as a potential long-term successor for Wes Morgan or Jonny Evans.

Sociedad will be powerless to prevent the one-time Real Madrid youngster from leaving should Leicester trigger his £45 million release clause, a fee that would make Llorente the club’s record signing.

The Mirror adds that West Ham and Tottenham have been watching the 26-year-old too but Brendan Rodgers’ side appear to be at the front of the queue as it stands for a one-time Real Madrid youngster who continues to go from strength to strength.

In other news, Report: Leicester want Antonee Robinson, Everton sold him for just £2m a year ago