Croatian youngster Andrej Kramaric has visited visited and trained with the Leicester City squad at Belvoir Drive ahead of a proposed move to the King Power Stadium.
Kramaric has been dubbed as one of Europe’s most finest young players, shining for Croatian side HNK Rijeka. And the Croatian youngster has now agreed terms with Leicester City, and is poised to finalise his contract once his requested work permit has been approved.
The 23-year-old has netted an outstanding 28 goals in 24 appearances for both club and country this season, which has led to major interests from some of Europe’s top clubs.
Kramaric won’t be available for Leicester’s Premier League clash against Aston Villa on Saturday, but manager Nigel Pearson hopes to have the striker on the squad sheet before long.
“He is a player we have had on the radar for a while,” Pearson said during Thursday’s press conference ahead of the visit of Villa.
“It really is important for us to strengthen and, providing everything goes the way we would like it to, he’ll be a really exciting addition to the squad.
“We have a strong case with his international status and his form, internationally and at club level, but of course it is subject to us obtaining the work permit.
“It’s never easy to get these situations finalised, but I have been very impressed with him as a person and I think he will be a very important signing for us.”
Pearson found Kramaric’s attitude towards the game impressive, and said that the Croatian’s desire to apply his skills and talent at the club to guide Leicester out of the position they currently find themselves in speaks for itself.
“Clearly his goal-scoring record speaks for itself,” Nigel said.
“He has good energy levels and the very fact there has been interest from some very big clubs highlights a player who is highly rated domestically and certainly across Europe.
“It speaks volumes of the lad that he is keen to play a very positive part for us and help improve our current position in the Barclays Premier League.”
By Ollie Carroll