According to an exclusive by Teamtalk today, Newcastle have made enquiries over a potential loan deal for Leicester’s Kelechi Iheanacho as an alternative to Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge and Feyenoord’s Nicolai Jorgensen.
The Mirror credited us with an interest in him over the weekend, however this latest story states that the Nigerian forward has now asked Claude Puel to let him leave on loan before the window closes – with Teamtalk also stating we are now a ‘genuine contenders’ for his signature and ready to offer him first-team football.
Kelechi Iheanacho has asked Leicester City to let him leave on loan before the window closes – with Newcastle United ready to offer him first-team football. [TeamTalk] #NUFC
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) January 29, 2018
Iheanacho joined the Foxes for £25m over the summer, and was an alleged NUFC target at the time, however has made just TWO starts in the Premier League all season – despite scoring 5 goals in all competitions this season when he’s been given a chance.
The ex-Man City man scored two in an impressive FA Cup performance at Peterborough on Saturday, but Teamtalk state that Leicester could now sanction a loan move in order to give him some game time.
If true, he isn’t the only Leicester City striker on our radar, with Islam Slimani being another whose been linked this month – however that ones going quiet.
He’s still young, but Iheanacho would be a real coup if we could pull it off – although I fear there’d be intense competition if he was actually made available for loan (and you know how it tends to work out when that happens!).