Leicester City in talks with United States defender Zak Whitbread
Leicester City are in negotiations with United States defender Zak Whitbread.
The 28-year-old centre-half is a free agent after leaving Norwich at the end of last season and City are vying for his signature.
City boss Nigel Pearson is looking to recruit at least one central defender this summer after selling both Sol Bamba and Matt Mills, and releasing Aleksandar Tunchev.
United States under-20 international Whitbread, who was born in Houston, Texas, but spent most of his youth growing up in Runcorn, played 21 times for the Canaries last season as they secured their Premier League status.
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His release by Paul Lambert at the end of the campaign came as a surprise to many.
Injuries have curtailed Whitbread's career at Carrow Road and he was only able to make 43 starts for the club after joining the Canaries from Millwall in 2010.
Whitbread began his career at Liverpool and made 23 appearances for the club between 2003-06 and spent a spell on loan at Millwall before joining the Lions on a permanent basis.
He made 78 appearances for Millwall and played in their League One play-off defeat, in 2009, before joining Norwich and helping them from League One to the Premier League in successive seasons.
While with Norwich, he was called on to partner new City signing Ritchie De Laet on occasions.
Whitbread picked up five caps at under-20 level for the United States and was called into the senior squad last year but picked up an injury in training and had to pull out.
Should Whitbread agree terms, Pearson is still likely to attempt to recruit another centre-back to add cover for Sean St Ledger and captain Wes Morgan.
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