In Focus: Tottenham should take Iheanacho and cash for Man City target Walker

According to reports in The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur are ready to hijack Leicester City’s £25m move for Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho, in order to speed up Kyle Walker’s move to the Etihad.

What’s the word, then?

Well, City boss Pep Guardiola is keen to sign Walker after releasing Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna at the end of their contracts last month, but the move is stalling over Spurs’ £50m asking price for the England international, according to The Sun.

However, a compromise may be found in a cash-plus-player deal as The Sun says Mauricio Pochettino is interested in signing Iheanacho to provide some competition for Harry Kane next season, although Monaco and Borussia Dortmund are also keen.

All three clubs will face competition for the striker from Leicester though, as Sky Sports believe that the Foxes are closing in on the Nigerian having agreed a deal in principle for the 20-year-old.

How did Iheanacho do last season?

Despite an impressive breakthrough 2015/16 campaign when Manuel Pellegrini was manager, the Nigeria international found first team chances harder to come by under Pep Guardiola last term.

The 20-year-old was the third-choice striker behind Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero when the trio were all fit, and he ended the campaign with seven goals and three assists in 29 appearances in all competitions, although the majority of those outings came from the substitutes’ bench.

Would he be a good signing for Tottenham?

He certainly would be.

While Harry Kane is a brilliant striker, Spurs have lacked real competition for the England international with Vincent Janssen struggling to make an impression following his arrival at White Hart Lane last summer.

With the fixture congestion that will come next term with the north London outfit’s participation in the Champions League group stages, as well as adapting to their new Wembley home, they will need sufficient cover as Kane won’t be able to play every game.

Would Spurs be keen on a cash-plus-player deal?

It’s difficult to say.

While Levy may prefer to get the £50m for Walker, if the player really wants out and Pochettino is keen on signing Iheanacho anyway, then it could prove to be a good move for all parties.