Villarreal are poised to sign Leicester City midfielder Vicente Iborra during the January transfer window, according to Spanish outlet Marca.

Iborra is reportedly no longer part of Claude Puel’s plans at the club, giving Villarreal the all-clear to negotiate a deal for the 30-year-old defensive midfielder.

The Spaniard was also subject to interest from former clubs Sevilla and Levante respectively, though a move to the Yellow Submarine is almost finalised according to the report.

Iborra, who is said to already be in Valencia to negotiate his move, has fallen down the pecking order at Leicester following the emergence of Hamza Choudhury and is keen on a move away from the King Power Stadium.

The midfielder has featured just 11 times in all competitions this season, scoring just once against Fleetwood in the second round of the Carabao Cup.

Leicester are hoping to recoup the majority of the €15million spent on signing Iborra back in 2017, and Villarreal are reportedly willing to up their initial offer of a loan with an option to buy at the end of the season, to meet the Foxes’ expectations.

A brace from former Arsenal man Santi Cazorla helped Luis Garcia’s men to a 2-2 draw against Real Madrid on Thursday evening, though the Yellow Submarine are currently sat just one place above Athletic Bilbao in the relegation zone.