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Leicester City complete signing of defender Wout Faes from Reims for £15m

BY SkySports
09.01.2022
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Leicester have added Reims centre-back Wout Faes to their defensive ranks; the 24-year-old has agreed terms on a five-year contract and is the Foxes first outfield signing of the summer window; the deal comes a day after Wesley Fofana completed a move from Leicester to Chelsea

Leicester have completed the signing of defender Wout Faes from Reims for a fee of £15m

Leicester City have completed the signing of defender Wout Faes from Reims for a fee of £15m.

Faes, who was named Reims’ player of the season for 2021-22, will join Leicester as a replacement for Wesley Fofana, who moved to Chelsea this week.

The 24-year-old made his debut for Belgium in the Nations League in June this year.

Faes is Leicester’s second summer signing after they signed Alex Smithies as a backup goalkeeper on a free transfer.

“This is the dream step in my career and I’m very happy to be here,” said Faes, whose one senior Belgium cap came as a substitute in a Nations League win over Poland.

“I’m progressing year after year, and I hope to continue doing the same here. All the facilities and knowledge is here to help me to get even better.

“I will have to work hard, but I will give 100 per cent to help the team.”

The Foxes are now thought to be turning their attention to recruiting a right winger, with former Chelsea trainee Jeremie Boga their primary target.

Negotiations with Atalanta are ongoing over a possible loan or substantive move.

Chelsea have completed the signing of centre-back Wesley Fofana from Leicester in a deal worth up to £75m.

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