According to reports in The Sun late on Tuesday evening, Leicester City could be set to rekindle their interest in Hull City’s highly-rated goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic.
After it was announced yesterday that Ron-Robert Zieler is leaving the King Power for Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart in a £3.5 million deal, the Foxes are now on the lookout for a new number two.
And Hull’s Bosnian-born goalkeeper has caught the eye of manager Craig Shakespeare – despite being part of a side that failed to avoid relegation last season – and could be subject to a £2m bid.
Is the 32-year-old of Premier League quality?
If there was one man that managed to stand head and shoulders above the rest of a disappointing Hull side last season then it was Jakupovic, giving his all for the side and prolonging their relegation.
Five clean sheets in 22 Premier League appearances is by no means a disgrace – particularly considering that two came against Manchester United and Liverpool – and a third shut-out came as a result of his last-minute penalty save against Southampton, giving Hull hope of survival at the time.
Although he was part of a Hull City side that conceded the most out of any side in the league (80) it could be fair enough to say that the fault laid at the hands of the Tigers’ defence and not Jakupovic.
On his day the 32-year-old was superb, able to utilise his imposing figure to rush off of his line quickly and smother the ball, and his agility between the sticks is highly sought after in the top-flight.
The Bosnian is incredibly strong under the high ball too and it showed last season, only being unsuccessful when coming to claim the ball twice, and he ended the year with a 93% success rate.
And perhaps key for a goalkeeper of the highest class, he is capable of putting in performances that single-handedly sway the result of a match – for instance, he earned his side a point away at United.
On that occasion he won 100% of his aerial battles, made six close-range saves and thwarted Zlatan Ibrahimovic by coming out of his goal and claiming the ball in an impressive display.
With Kasper Schmeichel an immovable object as the Foxes’ number one for now, the only question is whether Jakupovic sees himself as a first-team starter – which could see a move to Leicester falter.