Leicester City have completed the signing of Sporting Gijon defender Luis Hernandez ahead of next season, according to Marca. The Spanish publication claims the former Real Madrid academy product has already agreed terms to move to the Premier League leaders in the summer as a free agent, as his contract with the Liga strugglers expires on 30 June.
Hernandez, a former Spain U19 international, graduated from the Real Madrid academy after joining Los Blancos as a kid. The 26-year-old defender developed through the youth ranks at the Santiago Bernabeu before making the move to Sporting Gijon's second team in 2012. The centre-back, who also can play on the right flank, was promoted to the first team of the Asturian side the following year, developing into a key figure for his side.
The Madrid-born defender has made 134 appearances for Sporting in the last four campaigns, playing a major role in their promotion to La Liga last season. He was present in all but one ofLos Rojiblancos ' 42 starting line-ups during their campaign in the second tier.
The defender has also been a mainstay of the current season, starting 30 out of 32 La Liga games to help his side in their battle to avoid an immediate return to the second division. Sporting are currently third from bottom with five games remaining, two points adrift of survival.
Hernandez has attracted the attention of some clubs as his contract is due to expire, allowing him to leave for free.
Marca claims Real Betis were among the leading suitors, but the Spaniard has instead decided to undergo a new experience with the Premier League leaders.
The Spanish publication says the deal between Leicester and the player is already done and he will join them as soon as his contract at Sporting expires on 30 June.