David Nugent joined Leicester City on a free transfer yesterday, making an Npower Championship switch after his contract expired at Portsmouth.

The former England international is the fifth player Sven Goran-Eriksson has brought in this summer, as the Swede looks to build a squad capable of promotion to the Barclays Premier League. He's confident the former Preston man can score goals at the King Power stadium.

“David is hard-working and will score goals for us, whilst creating opportunities for others," said Eriksson.

“He is a high-calibre footballer. We are very pleased to have him on board as we continue to assemble a squad fit to challenge for promotion.”


Nugent had a mixed time at Portsmouth after signing from Deepdale in 2007 for £6 million. After a prolific era of scoring for Bury and Preston, Nugent was unable to recreate that success with limited opportunities in the Barclays Premier League at Fratton Park.

However, the striker rediscovered his form last term as he helped Portsmouth fight off an unthinkable second relegation in two seasons. He ended the campaign as their top scorer, firing in 13 league goals and regaining some much needed confidence.

Nugent told the Foxes' official website: “I’m really glad to be a part of this club now and there are exciting times ahead.

“Leicester are going for it this year and the owners made it clear that they want to be in the Premier League. I want to be a part of that.”

The 26-year-old striker also claims that Leicester weren't the only interested party in his services, as demand for the revitalised goalscorer intensified.

“There were a few clubs interested but Leicester showed a keen promise that they wanted me."

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