Everton to move for free agent Foxes midfielder

The Blues could be readying a move for Leicester City midfield ace Wilfred Ndidi who has rejected a new contract offer from the East Midlands club.
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Ndidi's time at the Kingpower Stadium is coming to and end and according to some media sources Everton are ready to pounce and bring him to Merseyside.

After apparently rejecting a fresh contract offer from Leicester, the 27-year-old will leave the newly promoted club for pastures new this summer.

A Nigerian international, Ndidi has tonnes of Premier League experience having played for the Foxes since 2017 - with most of that time bar last season in the top flight - and winning the FA Cup with them in 2021.

Rumours that the Toffees were keen on him if he became a free-agent have surfaced before and with the recent signing of yongster Tim Iroegbunam, it now makes sense for the Blues to bring him in with all that experience and nous to give his potential new central midfield partner.

Of course, he may also play alongside fellow African international star Idrissa Gueye as well, and those two would seem a solid and well-balanced combination.

In addition, with the continuing rumours about the future of Amadou Onana, having Ndidi in the squad would be an astute move, given that Gueye might not be able to play all-game every week as he is now thirty-four years old.

Although he is strong defensively - as befits any player Dyche is likely to bring in - Ndidi also offers a decent goal threat from midfield, something that Everton desperately need more of next season.

In other breaking transfer rumours the Toffees are also supposedly tracking Manchester City wing-back Issa Kabore with a view to possibly moving for him.

Kabore spent last season on loan at Luton Town and is clearly not going to get any playing time at the Etihad Stadium, so another loan move looks inevitable if he wants first-team football.

Everton have had problems at right-back for a while now with Seamus Coleman thirty-five and although still a solid enough player, one who is clearly past his best

Meanwhile, Scottish international Nathan Patterson - bought three and half years ago to replace him - has failed to nail down the position and suffered through a series of frustrating injuries.

Ben Godfrey played there at times too last season but he is a centre-back and might leave the club this summer having rejected a new contract.

The only other alternative is thirty-eight year old Ashley Young, He has signed a new one-year contract extension (like Coleman) but is clearly not a long-term option.

There are other players out there, including several full-backs at West Ham United who could both be available for free in a few days time.

As for Kabore, he offers Premier League experience, solid defensive qualities and can also contribute in the attacking third, so on paper anyway seems a decent fit for what Everton need while a loan deal would also make sense financially.