Nigeria international Ndidi signs five-year Leicester deal

Date published: Tuesday 3rd January 2017 5:38

Wilfred Ndidi: Signed for Leicester

Leicester have made their first January signing as they have agreed a deal for Nigeria international midfielder Wilfred Ndidi.

The 20-year-old, signing from Genk, will put pen to paper on a five-and-a-half-year deal, subject to the Premier League champions being granted a work permit for the player.

Ndidi has already undergone a medical at Leicester and is it is hoped he will complete his move to the King Power Stadium later this week.

He was spotted by Genk playing for Nathaniel Boys in an open trial in his homeland. He was originally a central defender but has been moulded into a defensive midfielder.

Ndidi joined Genk’s academy on his 18th birthday and this season helped the club reach the knock-outs stages of the Europa League, qualifying as group winners.

His performances attracted the attention of several clubs but Leicester have won the race for the tall, combative midfielder’s signature.

Ndidi has represented Nigeria at Under-17 and Under-20 level and earned his first senior call-up in October 2015. He has played twice alongside Leicester team mate Ahmed Musa for the Super Eagles. His contract at Leicester will run until June 2022.

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