Report: Leicester City increase initial bid for Genk midfielder Wilfred Ndidi

Genk midfielder Wilfred Ndidi

Claudio Ranieri's Foxes are still trying to replace last season's star man N'Golo Kante who joined Chelsea in the summer.

The Mirror report that Leicester City have increased their initial bid for in-demand Genk midfielder Wilfred Ndidi to £20million, as the Foxes attempt to steal a march on a host of interested clubs.

On Wednesday afternoon The Telegraph claimed that Claudio Ranieri's reigning champions were closing in on a £14million deal to make Nigerian international Ndidi their first signing of the January transfer window.

 

However, firm interest from Premier League rivals Chelsea and Tottenham has reportedly forced the Foxes to up their offer in a desperate bid to land the man Ranieri has earmarked as N'Golo Kante's long-term successor.

Leicester have desperately struggled for form in the league this season following last term's unprecedented title-winning heroics, with many citing the loss of midfield lynchpin Kante as the chief reason behind their domestic woes.

Ranieri failed to replace the industrious Frenchman following his big-money move to Chelsea over the summer, instead opting to spend Leicester's sizeable transfer war-chest on blue chip attacking recruits Islam Slimani and Ahmed Musa.

Unfortunately for the affable Italian mastermind, despite the Foxes flying high in Europe and progressing to the last 16 of the Champions League, his gamble has not paid off in the league, and Leicester currently find themselves sitting 14th in the table, just three points ahead of 18th placed Hull City.

If the Foxes are to salvage their season and challenge for a top 10 finish then they are going to have to significantly bolster their midfield options in the January transfer window, and landing highly-rated teenager Ndidi would get their winter recruitment drive off to the perfect start.

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