Leicester City has agreed a deal to sign Genk’s Wilfred Ndidi in a deal worth £15m plus £3.5m in potential add-ons.
Born in Lagos, Ndidi was discovered by Manchester United’s Belgium scout Roland Janssen at a youth tournament in 2013. He joined Genk in 2015 and has made 62 league appearances for the Belgian club and scored four goals.
The midfielder had the first part of his medical in December and is looking to conclude the final part of the tests to join the Foxes on 1 January.
For Leicester’s part, they have applied for a work permit for the 20-year-old and will be able to announce the deal once that has come through.
The Premier League champions also had to wrestle the deal from other interested European clubs in the process. Their manager, Claudio Ranieri, sees him as the perfect replacement for French defensive midfielder N’Golo Kante, who joined Chelsea in the summer.
Leicester have struggled to replicate their performances during their title-winning campaign without the presence of the French international, and Ranieri hopes Ndidi will adapt to the Premier League quickly and help the club propel away from the relegation zone.
The club had dropped to 16th place in the Premier League table following a 2-0 defeat by Everton on Boxing day, three points above the relegation zone.