David Nugent says Leicester manager Sven Goran-Eriksson’s Premier League ambitions convinced him that he would be best suited by moving to the King Power Stadium.
The former Bury, Preston, Portsmouth and Burnley striker signed for the Foxes on a free transfer last Wednesday.
Although the 26-year-old claims he had a number of options to choose from, he felt that Championship side Leicester’s offer was the most attractive given their aspirations of playing at the highest level.
“In an interview with TalkSport, Nugent said: “There [were] a lot of clubs interested [in me] but Leicester made a firm offer first. They’ve been trying to get me since last January so they know what I’m about.
“The gaffer gave me a phone call and said he wants me at the club. He told me the ambition is to get in the Premier League so there was only one club I wanted to come to when I knew they were interested.”
Nugent certainly appears to have chosen well, with Leicester being 9/2 second-favourites to go up as champions in bwin’s football betting market.
A successful £25 free bet on the Foxes to win the Championship, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, would return £137.50.
Meanwhile, Eriksson told the Leicester City website that Nugent’s signing was part of a plan to assemble a squad “fit to challenge for promotion”.
The Swede has also brought in Kasper Schmeichel, Lee Peltier, Neil Danns, Matt Mills and Sean St-Ledger in recent weeks.
Leicester’s first competitive match this season will be against Coventry and the Ricoh Arena on Saturday, 6th August.
Coventry v Leicester betting makes the Foxes 13/10 favourites for the win.
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