Leicester City are set to announce their first signing of the transfer window with Fousseni Diabate joining the club from Gazelec Ajaccio, according to the Leicester Mercury.

The Malian, who can play through the middle or on either flank, is said to have undergone a medical at the King Power Stadium, ahead of an imminent move to the Midlands.

Diabate has really impressed with the French outfit this season. He has scored three goals and set another one up since arriving from Guingamp in the summer. His performances have stood out and attracted plenty of interest not just from Leicester.

Southampton, Wolfsburg and Rennes were just some of the top flight clubs looking at the Mali under-23 international, but it is the Foxes who have acted to get their man for a fee reported to be around €2 million.

The 22-year-old is expected to begin life with Leicester in their development squad until he settles down, in which time he might make it into the senior squad before the end of the season.

He is likely to act as back up to the likes of Demarai Gray and Riyad Mahrez, if Leicester hang on to the latter, amid reports that he could leave the King Power in this transfer window.

It is not the first time the Foxes have ventured into Ligue 2 for new signings. It is from that division that they scouted and secured the additions of Anthony Knockaert and the Algerian international. They also took N’Golo Kante, who played such a key role in their Premier League success, from the second tier in France too.

While Diabate remains relatively unknown both to Leicester fans and followers of football in general, one thing is for sure, if he produces anything like the quality of those who have been plucked from relative obscurity in the French league before him, he will soon become a popular figure at the King Power.


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