Huddersfield swoop to sign unwanted Leicester goalkeeper

Huddersfield have swooped to sign goalkeeper Ben Hamer from Leicester on a three-year deal.

Hamer will become a free agent at the end of his current contract at the King Power Stadium and will officially become a Terrier on July 1.

The 30-year-old, whose last game for the Foxes was a 2-0 home defeat by West Ham on May 5, has played over 300 games for clubs including Charlton, Brentford and Crawley.

Hamer joined Leicester in May 2014 and despite featuring in only 12 Premier League games, Town manager David Wagner believes he will put pressure on Jonas Lossl who played every minute of Huddersfield’s first Premier League season.

“Ben’s arrival adds more quality to our already strong goalkeeping department under Paul Clements,” Wagner told the club’s website.

“He is well known to Paul and also played with our first-team coach Andrew Hughes at Charlton Athletic, and both have given him glowing references as a goalkeeper and as a person, which is very important to us.

“I’ve spoken with Ben and he arrives here wanting to play Premier League football, which is great for us all.

“Jonas Lossl had a fantastic first season at the club and this further competition will bring even more out of everyone, which is ideal for me and the team.”

Hamer’s contract will keep him at the John Smith’s Stadium until the end of the 2020-21 season, with the option of another year.