Leicester close in on deal for Hull City's Eldin Jakupovic - sources

Leicester City are close to the signing of Hull City goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.

They have identified Jakupovic as the player they want to provide competition and cover for Kasper Schmeichel, with current second-choic keeper Ron-Robert Zieler expected to leave this summer.

Jakupovic produced a succession of excellent performances for Hull despite the club's relegation from the Premier League.

The 32-year-old Switzerland international became Marco Silva's No. 1 following the former coach's arrival in January.

Jakupovic excelled in a 0-0 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford in February, although Zlatan Ibrahimovic accused the goalkeeper of "making saves for the cameras."

A number of Premier League clubs have been keeping tabs on Jakupovic, who is entering the final year of his contract at the KCOM Stadium.

However, Leicester are in advanced talks and he could become the second Hull player to join them this summer following the arrival of Harry Maguire.

Hull, though, said on Friday they have not received any offers for Jakupovic.

"Contrary to a report in the media this morning, the club would like to place on record that we have not accepted any offers or received any bids for Eldin Jakupovic," Hull said on their official website. "The club will always confirm transfers if and when they are completed and announce via our official channels."

Hull defender Curtis Davies joined Derby for an undisclosed fee earlier this month, while Andrew Robertson and Tom Huddlestone have also been linked with moves away from the KCOM Stadium.

Hull appointed former CSKA Moscow and Russia boss Leonid Slutsky as their new head coach last week following Marco Silva's departure to take charge of Watford.

Tony Pennock returned to Hull on Thursday for his second spell as assistant manager to work alongside Slutsky. Pennock left the KCOM in January in the wake of Mike Phelan's sacking.