Leicester sign local lad George Thomas from lower leagues

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Leicester City have signed George Thomas after a compensation fee — believed to be $650,000 — was agreed with his former club Coventry City.

The striker was out of contract at Coventry and has signed a three-year deal with the former Premier League champions.

Thomas, 2o, hails from Leicester but came through the youth ranks at nearby Coventry before bursting onto the scenes in the past two seasons in England’s lower leagues.

A Welsh U-20 international who impressed at the Toulon tournament earlier this summer, Thomas revealed his delight at returning home.

“I’m buzzing, I’m delighted to get it over the line finally and I’m looking forward to the season coming and seeing what I can do,” Thomas said. “It’s my hometown, I only live 10-15 minutes away in Wigston. It’s always good to play for your hometown team so hopefully I can push on from here.”

We all know the Foxes have a penchant for picking up cut-price bargains from the lower leagues of English soccer: see Vardy, Jamie.

After adding Kelechi Iheanacho over the summer and still having Leonardo Ulloa, Vardy, Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani around, Thomas will certainly have a fight on his hands just to make Leicester’s matchday squad.

He is a bright talent for the future and the pacey forward, who can play out wide or centrally, scored nine times for a Coventry team who struggled badly in England’s third-tier last season and were relegated to League Two despite winning the Football League Trophy, thanks to Thomas’ stunning winner at Wembley.