One Nigerian For Another? Leicester Close In On Iheanacho
Leicester are making headway in their bid to sign Nigeria international striker Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City.
The 20-year-old striker has been unable to break past Sergio Aguero into the Citizens first squad and was restricted to just five Premier League appearances last season.
West Ham United were initially favorites to sign the Nigerian for a rumored £25 million pound but Leicester have moved to the top of the pile according to Press Association Sport.
The Foxes have already acquired the services of Sevilla midfielder Vicente Iborra and Hull defender Harry Macguire, but Craig Shakespeare is keen to inject bite into a team that scored just 48 league goals last season.
Iheanacho scored seven times in all competitions for the Citizens in stark contrast to the 14 he bagged in his breakout year under Manuel Pellegrini.
Having fallen further down the pecking order with the arrival of Gabriel Jesus in January, the Nigerian is looking for first team football.
Jamie Vardy, Islam Slimani are the strikers who stand in his path to a starting berth at The Foxes but Iheanacho will fancy his chances against a pair that flattered to deceive for most of the year.
He will join a burgeoning Nigerian contingent at the King Power with Ahmed Musa and Wilfred Ndidi already on the books for Leicester.
The former might be on his way out after a torrid debut season with neither of Claudio Ranieri or Shakespeare showing much faith in the winger’s abilities. However, Musa made 14 substitute appearances —only Demarai Gray (21) came in off the bench more—suggesting that there could still be a place for him especially with Riyadh Mahrez being linked to Arsenal.