Leicester City of England manager Claudio Ranieri has remained coy about the imminent signing of fast-rising Nigerian
central midfielder Wilfred Ndidi from Belgian top-flight side Genk.
Reports in Belgium and England claim that both clubs have already agreed a 15m pounds – rising to 17m pounds – deal
and the teen star is expected to join the struggling English champions when the January transfer window opens.
The Leicester Mercury however believes the actual figure is lower than what has been reported.
When asked about the development during his pre-match conference ahead of today’s league game away to Sunderland, Ranieri hemmed and hawed.
I can tell you it is only speculation and I do not talk about players coming in or going out, the Italian said.
I am sorry, I do not speak, I am only a coach. I am focused only on Saturday.
The 19-year-old, who has made just 67 senior team appearances and won two caps with Nigeria,
is also wanted by German Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, but he wants a move to England instead.
Since the Super Eagles will not be involved at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, Ndidi and compatriot Ahmed Musa
are expected to see plenty of action in January and February, with Leicester set to lose Ghanaian pair Daniel Amartey and Jeffrey Schlupp, as well as Algerian duo Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani.
Ndidi will complete for the central midfield role with Amartey and French star Nampalys Mendy who was signed in the summer from Nice as cover for departing compatriot NGolo Kante but who picked up an injury on his debut.