In Focus: Leicester could thwart West Ham and Everton in Iheanacho race

According to reports in the Daily Telegraph, Leicester City are ready to battle Premier League rivals West Ham United and Everton in the race to sign £25m-rated Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the report in the Daily Telegraph says the Foxes are set to spend big in the coming weeks after a disappointing defence of their Premier League title last season, and Craig Shakespeare is already identifying targets following his appointment as the club’s permanent manager earlier this month.

He is ready to splash out on Iheanacho, who has been told he can leave City this summer after falling behind Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero in the pecking order under Pep Guardiola last term.

However, the Daily Telegraph say Leicester will face competition from the Hammers and the Toffees for the 20-year-old, who has impressed when he has featured for the Citizens.

How did Iheanacho do last season?

The Nigeria international scored seven goals and provided a further three assists in 29 appearances in all competitions for City, with the majority of those outings coming from the substitutes’ bench.

It is probably better to look at his impact in his breakthrough campaign in the 2015/16 season, when he netted 14 times in 35 outings.

Would he be a good signing?

He certainly would be.

With good movement, pace and finishing ability – as well as often finding himself in the right place at the right time in the penalty area – he could prove to be a valuable addition for the trio.

What will be Iheanacho’s preference?

Firstly, it will depend on whether all of the interested clubs are willing to meet his £25m price tag, but if they do the 20-year-old certainly has a big decision to make.

Everton are the only club that can offer him European football next season but if Romelu Lukaku ends up staying with the Toffees, he would surely struggle to be a regular in the starting line-up.

However, if the Belgian left he would have the opportunity to become a key player for the Merseyside outfit.

The Nigerian would almost certainly be a starter for West Ham and Leicester right now, though.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, it’s difficult to say who will win the race for Iheanacho, but whoever does will be getting a player with huge potential at this level.