Monday 11 December 2017

Leicester plan £25m move for Man City striker Kelechi Iheanacho

Manchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho. Photo: PA
Manchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho. Photo: PA

John Percy

Craig Shakespeare is plotting a £25million move for Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho, as Leicester prepare to spend big this summer.

Shakespeare, the new Leicester manager, has been alerted to Iheanacho's availability and is ready to pay a significant fee for the Nigeria international.

Iheanacho is free to leave the Etihad Stadium ahead of the forthcoming season, as Pep Guardiola is determined to bring in another forward, with Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez understood to be a top target.

And Shakespeare is set to move for the 20-year-old and attempt to steal in before Premier League rivals Everton, Crystal Palace and West Ham.

Leicester are targeting players with top-flight experience, after a disappointing summer of recruitment last year, and believe Iheanacho represents good value for the price required.

Shakespeare is keen to ease the burden on England international Jamie Vardy and sees the addition of another forward as a priority.

Harry Maguire became the first capture of the summer last week after leaving Hull City in a deal worth £17million.

West Brom's Northern Ireland international Jonny Evans is also on Leicester's radar, though the message from the Hawthorns remains that he is not for sale.

Telegraph.co.uk

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