Ipswich capture Foxes defender

McAuley signs three-year deal for undisclosed fee

McAuley: Completed Leicester exit

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Ipswich have completed the signing of Leicester defender Gareth McAuley for an undisclosed fee.

The Northern Ireland international has been a long-time target of Town boss Jim Magilton and moves to Portman Road on a three-year deal.

Magilton had a bid turned down for McAuley in January and again at the end of the season before a fee was finally agreed over the weekend.

"Gareth came to see me last week and told me of his desire to leave the club," Leicester chairman Milan Mandaric told their official website.

Fresh challenge

"We would have liked Gareth to assist us in our quest for promotion next season but his wish was to play elsewhere."

The 28-year-old Northern Irishman moved to England with Lincoln in 2004 and scored eight goals in 72 league appearances for the Imps before earning a move to the Championship with Leicester in 2006.

McAuley then scored five goals in 74 league appearances for the Foxes but was unable to prevent them suffering relegation to League One last season.

The 6ft 3in defender is another useful addition to the Blues' backline following the arrival of young Dutchman Pim Balkestein on a two-year deal earlier this week.