Zak Whitbread celebrates a goal.
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American Exports: Whitbread transfers to Leicester City

AMSTERDAM – The agent for erstwhile Norwich City defender Zak Whitbread has confirmed that his client completed a free transfer move to Championship side Leicester City on Monday afternoon.

The 28-year-old Houston native, who ran out of contract with Norwich at the end of June, passed his Foxes medical over the weekend.

"Everything's gone fine," Whitbread's rep, Kevin Moran, told of the routine physical entrance exam. "It's a two-year deal and the club has an option for a third."

Before spending two-and-a-half seasons with Norwich, Whitbread also suited up for Millwall and Liverpool. He becomes the fourth American to join the Foxes, following Kasey Keller, dual citizenship-holding Chivas USA winger Ryan Smith and 1930 World Cup defender Alexander Wood.

Leicester, who finished ninth in England's second flight last term, will kick off the new campaign with an Aug. 14 Carling Cup trip to Torquay United before opening the Championship season by hosting Peterborough four days later.

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