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Matthew Upson joins Leicester City

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Matthew Upson has turned down an offer of a new contract at Brighton & Hove Albion to sign for Leicester City.

Upson will sign a one-year deal with the foxes on July 1 after his current contract expires.

Upson told Leicester's official website: "Obviously I played against Leicester last season and I liked the way they played and the intensity that they had. It's an opportunity to play in the Premier League again, which I have been striving to do since I've been in the Championship.

"I enjoyed last season and had a great time at Brighton, but it's too good an opportunity to turn down."

Upson played 47 times this season for the Seagulls, winning player of the year award and helping them to the playoffs. But he will now return to the Premier League with Leicester.

The 35-year-old defender told the Express: "At my age I have to think about how many more chances I will get to play in the Premier League, but I never gave up. I am excited to join Leicester and am looking forward to the next chapter of my career."

Upson, who has 22 international cap, remains the last England player to have scored in the World Cup, after he netted a consolation goal in England's 4-1 loss to Germany in 2010.

The centre back started his career at Luton Town, where he made his professional debut in 1996. He then enjoyed spells at Arsenal, Birmingham City and Stoke. He joined Brighton in July 2013 after spending a season on loan at the Seagulls.

Upson arrives at Leicester as Nigel Pearson's second signing, after the Leicester boss signed keeper Ben Harmer from Charlton, on a four-year contract.

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