Leicester City are poised to capture Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City in a £25million deal as reported earlier, news that is now being backed up by the BBC and the ever-reliable John Percy of Telegraph.
But it could have been a much different story, with well-informed West Ham supporter Hugh Southon revealing that West Ham had a deal almost closed for the 20-year-old… only for manager Slaven Bilic to veto it at the eleventh hour.
David Sullivan had struck an agreement with both Kelechi and Manchester City, and the transfer was all set to go ahead when Bilic decided to personally pull the plug on it, favouring other targets on the market.
Bilic’s reasoning was that Iheanacho was unproven and too inexperienced – despite statistically having the best minutes per goal ratio in Premier League history, with a goal every 106.5 minutes.
Best minutes per goal ratio in Premier League history:
1. Kelechi Iheanacho (106.5')
2. Sergio Agüero (109.8')
3. Harry Kane (116.9') pic.twitter.com/aVeZKYLbzW
— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 27, 2017
Leicester are now in pole position to sign the talented striker with the BBC this evening reporting that he is keen on a switch to Craig Shakespeare’s side, where he will link up with Jamie Vardy.
The sale of Iheanacho will all but confirm that Pep Guardiola plans to bring in another attacker this summer, with Arsenal superstar Alexis Sanchez the primary target.