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Last Updated: Monday, 19 January, 2004, 15:03 GMT
Foxes delight for Canero
Peter Canero
Canero has played for Scotland Under-21s
Peter Canero believes he can help Leicester avoid relegation as he prepares to complete his 250,000 move from Kilmarnock.

The English Premiership club expect to formerly confirm his capture on a two-and-a-half-year deal on Tuesday.

Scotland Under-21 winger Canero told his new club's website: "Leicester are a big team and, while they may be in the bottom three at the moment, I am sure we can get out it.

"I just hope I can help them do it."

There had been suggestions that Celtic had made a late bid to steal Canero from Leicester's grasp, although the Glasgow club's boss, Martin O'Neill, denied making any moves.

"Leicester made it clear they wanted me and that is why I am delighted to be joining them," said Canero.

"Other clubs had shown some interest, wanting me to sign a pre-contract, and I had been offered a new three-year contract by Kilmarnock, but I had decided the time was right to make a move and Leicester came in with the right offer."

Canero had been given a deadline by Foxes manager Micky Adams after asking for time to consult his father about the move.

Adams said: "He's just 23 and my thoughts are we would try and get a couple of younger players into the squad for the benefit of the club in future years.

"We made him an offer, a decent offer and he had a lot to think about.

"If he didn't agree then we would have moved on."

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