Fousseni Diabate has described his move to Leicester City as a “dream come true”.
The 22-year-old forward is signing from Ligue 2 side Gazelec Ajaccio in a deal believed to be around €2million.
Diabate is believed to have passed a medical on Monday afternoon and has been pictured signing a contract and holding up a City shirt at the training ground.
There has been no confirmation yet from City, but French media are reporting a four-and-a-half-year deal until June 2022.
Après avoir passé avec réussite sa visite médicale, Fousseni Diabaté (Ex @gfc_ajaccio) tape actuellement la pose avec le maillot de @LCFC son nouveau club! C'est une des belles histoires de ce mercato! @LCFC_FR @lequipe @lequipedusoir @lequipedestelle pic.twitter.com/BEczecwcQ9
— Bilel Ghazi (@BilelGhazi) January 8, 2018
Diabate, who plays up front as well as on both wings, has already spoken to L’Equipe about his move.
“This autumn, I was disappointed not to see the interest of Rennes come true, but when my advisor told me about the interest of Leicester, it immediately excited me and today is a dream come true,” Diabate was reported to have told L’Equipe.
“I want to thank my mother who has always supported me despite my different challenges, my advisers for the confidence they have in me but also the officials of Gazélec who offered me my first professional contract.”
Diabate is expected to initially form part of City’s development squad but is another return to Ligue 2 for Leicester, who have used the French second tier as a happy hunting ground in the past.
Both Anthony Knockaert and Riyad Mahrez were signed from Ligue 2, while N’Golo Kante was also a regular in the division before a season in the French top flight.