Sunday, September 24, 2017

Leicester sign Okazaki; Dicko pens new Wolves deal

Leicester City F.C. have completed the signing of striker Shinji Okazaki from 1. FSV Mainz 05 for an undisclosed fee.

Leicester City F.C. have completed the signing of striker Shinji Okazaki from 1. FSV Mainz 05 for an undisclosed fee, subject to a work permit and international clearance, according to the club’s official website.

The Japan international, who joined Mainz from VfB Stuttgart in the summer of 2013, will move to the King Power Stadium on a four-year deal, becoming the Foxes third summer signing following the arrivals of Christian Fuchs (Schalke 04) and Robert Huth (Stoke City). 

Okazaki told lcfc.com: “I am very happy to be here. To play in the Premier League is my dream and I will make every effort to help the team here at Leicester City.

“I will do my best to show how I can play and try to make a lot of goals for the supporters.

“I watched every match (last season) in the Premier League not all of them are easy. There were hard games.

“In the last few games the crowd were great and the players responded. It was an amazing result at the end of the season.”

Okazaki bagged 12 goals and three assists in 32 Bundesliga appearances for Mainz last season.

Dicko pens new Wolves deal

Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Nouha Dicko has put pen to paper on a new three-year deal that will keep him at Molineux until the summer of 2018.

The Mali international, 23, helped Wolves win promotion back to the Championship last season, and was a reported summer target for Everton manager Roberto Martinez, who signed the 23-year-old striker for Wigan Athletic (from Strasbourg) back in 2011.

However, instead of moving to Merseyside, Dicko has opted to stay in Wolverhampton to ply his trade in England’s second-tier next term.

“I’m really happy to have this contract extension,” Dicko told the club’s official website. “I feel good at Wolves and I’m really happy here so I’m delighted that I’ll be staying.

“My team-mates, the head coach and everybody at the club have been really good with me, that helped me to settle and to show what I can do.

“For any players the fans are really important as well. When you go to any stadium it’s always better to play with a good crowd.

“At Wolves the crowd is fantastic, last season it was the best in the Championship so it’s been a joy to play for the fans.”

Dicko, who will wear the No. 9 shirt for Wolves in 2015/16, tallied 14 goals and five assists in 37 league appearances for Wolves last season.

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