Champions Leicester swoop for Spanish centre-back

Luis Hernandez: Signed for Leicester

Luis Hernandez: Signed for Leicester

Leicester City have announced the signing of Spanish defender Luis Hernandez from Sporting Gijon.

The 27-year-old will join the champions on a four-year deal, starting on 1 July, 2016, when his contract with the La Liga club expires.

The central defender is a product of the Real Madrid youth academy, having represented the club’s B and C sides before a move to Sporting Gijon in 2012.

Hernandez played a key role in securing a final-day survival for Sporting Gijon in La Liga after they secured a 2-0 win over Villarreal.

Marca reported in April that Leicester had beaten Tottenham and Stoke City to the signing of the player and reports last month suggested that Claudio Ranieri was looking to sign Hernandez as cover for Wes Morgan and Robert Huth.

The Foxes boss is expected to strengthen his squad significantly this summer with the club set to embark on their inaugural Champions League campaign.

Ranieri has already signed goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler from Hannover this summer and he is expected to be very busy in the next two months.