Surplus To Requirements: Leicester Ready To Offload Iheanacho In January
Former Premier League champions Leicester City are prepared to release Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho this January even if it means making a loss on the £25 million buy out price from Manchester City.
Iheanacho was only given a 10-minute runout against League One minnows Fleetwood in a 0-0 draw on Saturday. The Foxes bought the 21-year-old from Manchester City in August. However, he has made just two Premier League starts this campaign.
According to The Sun, the club are beginning to accept they made an expensive mistake by snapping up the Nigerian ace. A well-placed source said: “The problem is Kelechi is earning around £115,000-a-week on a five-year deal and no club will currently want to take him on those wages. “So Leicester might have to let him go for a lot cheaper than they paid for him if they decide to sell now.”
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez was interested in the summer and the likes of Stoke, West Ham and Swansea were also in the hunt. Boss Claude Puel does not see him being part of his plans anytime soon. And he hardly gave him a ringing endorsement when asked if fans can expect to see more of him given the huge outlay the club made.
However, another Super Eagles forward, Ahmed Musa is not having best of time at Leicester City, but has turned down the offer by Bursaspor offering him an exit from his King Power nightmare.
Musa only featured in a Premier League squad once, appearing on the bench for the 2-1 defeat at Liverpool last month. The former CSKA Moscow forward was linked with a move to Hull City in the summer but was unwilling to drop down to the Championship.