Leicester City 'Agrees Deal' for Nigeria Midfielder in January Transfer Window

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri.
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri at Bet365 Stadium, Stoke on Trent, December 17. Ranieri will seek to add bodies to a struggling squad in January. Michael Regan/Getty

Leicester City has agreed a deal to sign Nigeria midfielder Wilfried Ndidi from Belgian side KRC Genk, according to reports.

Ndidi, 20, will sign on a permanent deal with the English Premier League champion for £15 million ($18.4 million) when the winter transfer window opens on January 1, The Guardian reports.

Leicester upset the Premier League's giants last season to complete the most unlikely title triumph since the competition's inaugural season in 1992.

But when its French midfielder N'Golo Kante departed for Chelsea in the summer, Leicester lost one of the main reasons for its success.

At 6 feet 2 inches tall, the 20-year-old Ndidi is in a different mold from Kante, but he would provide the kind of ball-winning ability that Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has missed in what has been a disappointing follow-up to the club's glorious 2015-16 season.

While Leicester has reached knockout stages in its first participation in the UEFA Champions League since 2001, it has struggled in the Premier League. After 18 league games, Ranieri's team is three points ahead of Sunderland, which occupies the final relegation position.