Leicester City

Leicester confirm signing of Red Bull Salzburg striker Patson Daka

Jamie Spencer
New signing Patson Daka will bring goals to Leicester
New signing Patson Daka will bring goals to Leicester / Michael Molzar/Getty Images

Leicester have confirmed the signing of 22-year-old striker Patson Daka from Red Bull Salzburg on a long-term contract until 2026 for a transfer fee believed to be in the region of £23m.

Daka scored 34 times in all competitions for Salzburg last season, having previously scored 27 goals during the 2019/20 campaign as he stepped into the shoes of Erling Haaland at the club.

“I’m so, so excited to join this great, historic club. It has been my dream and I’m so happy and looking forward to what’s coming next,” Daka told LCFC.com.

“I have followed Leicester from the time they won the league. I feel it is the perfect place for me, because it’s a team that fights for titles. I know it’s not going to be easy, but I feel ready to face this new challenge.

“I will give my best for the club each and every day, and I look forward to seeing the Leicester City fans inside the stadium soon.”

A Zambia international since the age of 16, Daka will bring goals and depth to Leicester's attacking options, providing relief and competition for Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho.

Vardy will turn 35 in January and while he still led the Foxes in Premier League goals last season, with 15, Iheanacho scored more in all competitions. That made it the first time since 2014/15 that the veteran didn’t finish a season as Leicester’s overall top scorer.

Daka represents the start of the next chapter for Leicester as they begin to plan for the future, while at the same time being an immediate boost. He has played and scored in both the Champions League and Europa League in recent seasons and will add something different.

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