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Futacs makes Foxes switch

 

Pompey have missed out on Marko Futacs after he agreed to join Leicester.

The Foxes are expected to complete the signing of the Hungarian powerhouse this weekend.

That means Michael Appleton will be without the 22-year-old’s services in League One, as his wait to recruit players goes on.

Pompey will receive compensation for the striker from Leicester, however.

They are entitled to receive a payment after they offered the player a contract and with Futacs under the age of 24.

Pompey did not hear back from Futacs and his representatives, paving the way for his exit.

Appleton said a clause in the player’s contract had been activated earlier this year to give him a year’s extension to his initial agreement.

That was never the case, however, and Futacs was eventually offered a deal on reduced terms, which he passed up.

A number of Championship sides were keen on the 6ft 5in striker’s services.

He has chosen to make the King Power Stadium the next stop in his career, though, with Nigel Pearson looking for a target man to replace the departed Steve Howard.

Futacs made 30 appearances and scored five times after arriving at Pompey on a free transfer from Germany last August.

His first start for the Blues came at Leicester on New Year’s Eve, when he scored in the 1-1 draw.

Meanwhile, the Hawks remain confident their clash with Pompey will get the go-ahead today.

Appleton’s side open their pre-season campaign at Westleigh Park (3pm).

The heavy rainfall raised concerns the game could be called off. But Hawks secretary Trevor Brock said: ‘We are extremely confident the game will take place.’

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