Leicester agrees on deal to sign midfielder Wilfred Ndidi

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LEICESTER, England — Leicester has agreed a deal to sign Nigeria midfielder Wilfred Ndidi from Belgian club Genk.

The 20-year-old Ndidi will join the Premier League champions on a contract through June 2022 if he is granted a British work permit.

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He was originally a central defender but has been developed into a combative defensive midfielder, helping Genk to qualify for the Europa League knockout phase as group winners.

Leicester has so far made a poor defense of its first English title, sitting 14th in the 20-team standings halfway through the season.