Wilfred Ndidi has confirmed his move from Belgium club Genk to Premier League Champions Leicester City in a five-year deal reportedly worth £15m.
The player was also linked with a move to Manchester United but the Foxes have certainly won the race to sign the defensive-midfielder, who can also play at centre-back.
Ndidi will be joining his national teammate, Ahmed Musa, who arrived at Leicester from Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow on a four-year contract for a club-record fee of around £16m last summer.
After helping the Belgian outfit to a 2-0 win against Gent at Cristal Arena on Tuesday, the 20-year-old bid his teammates farewell and confirmed he had played his last game for the club.
“This was my last game for Genk.
“I really want to thank Peter Maes,” Ndidi toldPlay Sports.
“Am I emotional? Yes, a little, especially with the situation surrounding Maes. He made me the player I am today. I got my transfer thanks to him.”
The Foxes have been struggling to recapture the form of their title winning exploits of last season since France midfielder N’Golo Kante dumped the side for Chelsea last summer on a five-year deal reportedly worth £32m.
And Italian manager, Claudio Ranieri, who came close to confirming the deal yesterday, believes the Nigerian, who emerged as one of the best defensive midfielders in the Belgian top flight last season, is an ideal replacement for Kante.
“I don’t know,” said Ranieri, when BBC Sport asked about Ndidi’s impending signing.
“Let me see him, say good morning and welcome, and then I tell you. It is not my matter. Wait. You will enjoy the next day”, he stated.