Thursday 21 September 2017

Kelechi Iheanacho to have Leicester medical as he closes in on £25m move from Man City

Leicester are the frontrunners to sign Kelechi Iheanacho
Leicester are the frontrunners to sign Kelechi Iheanacho

John Percy

Kelechi Iheanacho will have a medical at Leicester today as he closes in on a £25 million move from Manchester City.

Iheanacho is set to finally complete his protracted move in the next 48 hours after the deal was held up due to a row over image rights with his former agents.

As revealed by Telegraph Sport last month, Leicester have already agreed a fee and terms with City for the Nigeria international but have had to be patient during negotiations.

But now the striker is poised to officially become a Leicester player in a huge coup for the former champions and new manager Craig Shakespeare.

It is understood that Leicester have secured Iheanacho's signature ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Monaco. Manchester City have insisted on a buy-back option for the academy product.

Iheanacho, 20, could make his Leicester debut in Friday's friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach at the King Power Stadium though, at this stage, it is thought unlikely due to a number of issues still to be resolved. They are not threatening the deal, however, and are purely linked to his disagreement with his previous agents.

Shakespeare said earlier this week: "I'm hoping he will be available for the game at Arsenal, but I am like every other manager at the moment. I think we all find it frustrating but it is the current market.

"You saw with the Harry Maguire one, we got that done quick. When he is in the door, we can announce it.

"At the moment, of course, we are interested in players as most of the Premier League is, but you can see that clubs won't really talk about it until they are over the line."

Telegraph.co.uk

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