Everton are looking to finally solve their striker problem this summer with a potential move for Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin was touted as the main number 9 at Everton for many years to come and was starting to live up to that potential but it all started to go wrong for the 26-year-old when he started to pick up constant injuries every season. The striker only made 17 league appearances last season.
Now, Everton have come to the realisation that they need to sign a new poacher who can help improve their abysmal goals tally in the past couple of seasons. They have identified Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho as a possible solution to this problem.
Leicester were relegated from the Premier League this past season and will see a lot of their talented players leave in favour of a move to a Premier League club. James Maddison and Youri Teilemans are already linked with moves to the top flight and now Iheanacho is the latest one on that list.
It is believed that the Nigerian’s transfer value is in the region of £15 to £20 million, but Everton could get an even better bargain due to Leicester’s recent relegation to the Championship.
Not only would this be a very cheap deal for a centre-forward in today’s market but also a smart acquisition. Iheanacho would most definitely be an upgrade on what the Toffees currently have.
The 26-year-old is a product of the Manchester City academy and was one of the hottest young talents in his time at the Etihad. He ended up leaving in favour of more game time at Leicester in 2017. He has played over 150 games for the Foxes in the 6 year period.
Everton might face tough competition from other clubs in the league as Nottingham Forest and Burnley are also said to be interested in Iheanacho. Other reports have also suggested that Italian club AS Roma are also monitoring the Nigerian international, along with Patson Daka.
Earlier, Everton were rumoured to be interested in Roma’s centre-forward Tammy Abraham. Everton’s hopes of securing Abraham have been slim as Roma’s asking price would be too high and out of the club’s budget.
Sean Dyche would ideally like to add a serious goal threat to the squad that barely survived relegation in the last two league seasons. They only managed to score 34 goals in the league last season.