Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho has been linked with a return to the Premier League, as French journalist Santi Aouna reports that Nottingham Forest has opened talks for the Nigerian striker.
Forest survived in the Premier League last season, as they finished four points above the Foxes, who were dealt the bitter taste of relegation, finishing 18th in the top flight and seeing their nine-year stay come to an end. The highlight of Leicester City’s time in the top flight came when the club defied all odds and lifted the Premier League trophy.
The Nigerian forward joined Leicester City from Premier League champions Manchester City in 2017 and has been unable to secure a regular spot in the first team since his arrival six years ago. Iheanacho has just a year remaining on his contract and with the club also preparing for life in the second division, it seems he is part of the overhaul that will be seen from the club, James Maddison has already returned to the Premier League after sealing a big money move to Tottenham Hotspur.
It is reported that Forest are looking for this one to be over quickly, with Aouna claiming that the striker is a top priority for the team and the club want the deal to be closed in the coming days as they open talks with the Championship club. The Reds had a busy summer transfer window last summer, making 30 signings after returning to the top flight and it remains to be seen what kind of window they have this time around.
The Leicester City striker has proven his goalscoring form for the Foxes since joining, playing 206 games for the Foxes and scoring 55 times, with 33 assists to add to that total. His goalscoring form has been key in the FA Cup for the club, which helped them to lift the trophy in 2021. It is unknown at this time what figure the club would expect for their striker, but with the club parting with £25 million to sign Iheanacho, they will not want to lose too much.
Iheanacho has been a loyal servant to the Foxes and always turned up when they needed someone to step up. With the striker’s contract coming to an end, it is always wise to cash in rather than lose a top performer for nothing. Iheanacho could also benefit from linking up with international colleague Taiwo Awoniyi, something which could also benefit the club.