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Harry Souttar transfer to Leicester City: Socceroo set to shatter Australian record in Premier League move

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Socceroos defender Harry Souttar is set become Australia’s most expensive football transfer after it was confirmed he would be joining Premier League side Leicester City, pending a medical.

The 24-year-old central defender will trade Championship club Stoke City for England’s top division with the transfer fee understood to be £15 million – surpassing the £10m paid by Huddersfield Town to Manchester City for Aaron Mooy in 2017.

Scottish-born Souttar has been turning heads for the Potters since breaking into the first-team in 2020, but put his name in lights during the World Cup with his magnificent performances during Australia’s record-breaking run to the round of 16.

Biggest transfer fees for Australian players

Player Season Club joined Previous club Transfer fee £
Harry Souttar* 2022-23 Leicester City Stoke City £15 million
Aaron Mooy 2017-18 Huddersfield Town Manchester City £10 million
Mark Viduka 2000-01 Leeds United Celtic £8 million
Brad Smith 2016-17 Bournemouth Liverpool £6 million
Mat Ryan 2015-16 Valencia Club Brugge £6 million

*pending medical and confirmation.

Who is Harry Souttar?

Souttar is a Scottish-born 198cm central defender, who is agile for his size, while also featuring quality positioning and ball-playing abilites.

His mother was born in Port Hedland, Western Australia, meaning he and his brother John were eligible to play for both Australia and Scotland.

After coming through the academy at Dundee United, Souttar joined Stoke City and spent several loan spells at Ross County and Fleetwood Town.

While at Fleetwood in League One in 2019-20, Souttar started to turn heads and was called up to the Australian national team to make his debut against Nepal in a World Cup qualifier – scoring twice on his first appearance.

The meteoric rise started for Souttar, with the centre-half establishing himself as first-choice at Stoke City in 2020-21 and also for the Socceroos.

As rumours of a possible move to the Premier League started at the end of 2021, Souttar tore his ACL playing for Australia and was ruled out for nearly 12 months.

However, the defender returned for Stoke City just prior to the 2022 World Cup and earned selection for Australia in Qatar, where he was one of the defensive stars of the tournament.


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