NEWPORT County AFC have finally confirmed the sale of youth team goalkeeper Rhys Davies to former Premier League champions Leicester City, while defender Jay Foulston is interesting Norwich City.

Teenager Davies, one of the heroes of County’s EFL Youth Alliance Merit League-winning team last season, signed for the Foxes in July after a successful trial in April.

But the transfer of the second year scholar for an undisclosed fee has been a complicated matter.

A statement from the Exiles reads: “The transfer process, which began in July, has been a lengthy and complex one due to the need for Leicester City to acquire Minor Permission from FIFA for the player who is under the age of 18 to cross international football borders. “This was completed over the weekend and the move was finalised at the start of week which has seen the player join for an undisclosed fee, in a deal which includes a series of potential add-ons and future sell-on fees.”

Davies follows in the footsteps of other County academy graduates such as Lee Evans, Regan Poole, Aaron Collins in securing a move up the football ladder.

His teammate Rhys Kavanagh also moved on to Bristol Rovers last month.

“This continues to highlight the fantastic work being done by everyone at the Newport County AFC Academy as they continue to bring through talented young players,” added the club statement.

“The move comes after a week in which Jay Foulston gained experience training at Championship club Norwich City and Momodou Touray scored two and set up to two whilst on loan to Merthyr Town in their FA Cup match.

“The club would like to wish Rhys all the very best at Leicester City and with his future career.”

Manager Michael Flynn said: "I would like to wish Rhys the best of luck in his move to Premier League Leicester City.

“He is a great lad and has worked hard last season, demonstrating some great performances for both the youth team and when called upon by the first team in the Central League.

“A lot of credit must go to both Mykee Jenkins, academy goalkeeping coach, and James Bittner, first team goalkeeping coach, who worked hard last season to develop Rhys.

“I am really pleased for the player and have no doubt he will go on and have a very successful career.”

Davies’ mum Elise told the Argus: “We as a family would like to say how proud we are of Rhys and all his hard work.

“And a huge thanks to Rhys’ agent Stephen Hunt and to Mykee Jenkins and academy manager Byron Anthony of Newport County for all their support.”