Leicester City sign new Kante… and he’s a Nigerian




Leicester City seem to have found a lasting solution to their post-N’Golo Kante trauma as they battle to survive relegation just months after a historic Premier League triumph.

The Daily Mail is reporting this morning that the Foxes have sealed the signing of Genk defensive midfielder Wilfred Ndidi for a fee quoted to be £15m after the 19-year-old Nigerian underwent a medical at the King Power Stadium on Monday.

The clubs agreed the fee last month and Ndidi is expected to sign a five-year contract once he gets clearance for a work permit which will be followed by an official announcement as soon as the January transfer window opens.

Ndidi has scored two goals in 23 games for Belgian side Genk this season and the East-born player is renowned for his athletic and defensive attributes as well as fearsome stamina which enables him play as a centreback sometimes.

 At the international scene, Ndidi was part of the Nigerian youth setup during his time at Nathaniel Boys of Lagos.

While playing the African U-17 Championship with Nigeria, he was excluded along with two other players from the competition as a precaution, following an MRI test that showed he was just slightly above requirement.

Ndidi then joined up with his team-mates in the U-20 squad the following year, forming the bedrock of the midfield.

He was called up to the Super Eagles team on October 8, 2015, making his debut in the friendly game against DR Congo and playing again a few days days later in the 3-0 win against Cameroon when he replaced John Obi Mikel in the 63rd minute.


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