Premier League outfit Nottingham Forest have made their opening offer for Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The 26-year-old has been keen to depart the King Power Stadium following Leicester’s relegation from the Premier League last season and he has attracted interest from all over Europe. Despite that, he has featured in all six of the Foxes opening fixtures this season, with the 2016 English champions winning every game.
He has scored in both rounds of the EFL Cup, including last night’s 2-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers in what is now expected to be his final game for Enzo Maresca’s team.
Romano reported at the weekend that Ndidi was keen on a move to bitter rivals Forest, with personal terms having already been agreed with the two-time European champions. A further update earlier this morning claims that Steve Cooper’s side have now submitted their opening bid and the two clubs have entered into negotiations.
EXCL: Nottingham Forest presented an opening proposal to sign Wilfred Ndidi from Leicester 🚨🔴🌳 #NFFC
Personal terms agreed as revealed two days ago, Ndidi wants the move and clubs now starting negotiations. pic.twitter.com/9s3q04pWYY
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 30, 2023
It is unknown what Forest’s opening offer is, although reports last month claimed that Leicester had slapped a £20 million price tag on the head of the Nigerian international. Liverpool and Bayern Munich have also been linked to the star over the past 24 hours.
Ndidi has made 243 appearances for the club since his arrival from Genk in 2017 and was a part of the 2021 FA Cup winning squad.
It always seemed likely that Wilfred Ndidi would depart Leicester City before the end of the transfer window, although fans will be unhappy to see him join one of their fiercest rivals. The player believes he should be playing Premier League football, but it is a shame that he isn’t willing to remain at the club this season, with the Foxes currently flying and one of the favourites to win the Championship.
His contract scenario will have played a major role in Leicester’s decision though, with Ndidi’s current deal set to expire at the end of the campaign. It will be interesting to see how this all pans out, particularly if Forest suffer relegation themselves and end up passing Leicester on the way down.