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PUEL IN LEICESTER TALKS

Claude Puel is in advanced negotiations to become the new manager of Leicester and could be appointed before Sunday’s game at home to Everton, SSN has been told.

The former Southampton manager impressed vice-chairman Aiyawatt Shrivaddhanaprabha and Director of Football Jon Rudkin in a meeting away from the club on Monday, and another that took place yesterday.

We understand there is already broad agreement on the terms of his contract, but there are issues still to address in terms of legal matters and Puel’s backroom staff.

To that end, Leicester are determined to keep Michael Appleton as part of the new coaching staff – he’s impressed the hierarchy at the club since joining in June, and he’s re-inforced that with two wins from two games as caretaker manager.

We understand Puel is prepared to work with Appleton going forward, so he is likely to stay on.