Turkish club Fenerbahce are not interested in signing Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho in January, despite reports linking him with a move to the Super Lig.
Various news outlets in Turkey had claimed that the 27-year-old was being lined up in the New Year as they look to bolster their attacking line to aid their pursuit of a first league title since 2014. According to Fanatik, Fenerbahce had already initiated contact with the player’s agent, who is in the final year of his contract at the King Power Stadium.
It was said that the Yellow Canaries are keen to offload former Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi and replace him with the Leicester man, although The Real EFL understands this is wide of the mark.
Fenerbahce are currently the top scorers in the Turkish top tier with 33 goals, thanks in part to the evergreen Edin Dzeko and Serbian winger Dusan Tadic. Instead, a midfielder and a defender top their January wishlist as they look to add further depth to their squad ahead of their title charge and Europa Conference League challenge.
Iheanacho was heavily linked with a move away from the East Midlands club following their relegation to the Championship. However, he stayed put and has previously addressed the speculation. Speaking in September, the Nigerian international said;
“I didn’t get to move and I’m here now playing for Leicester City.
“We went down, it’s not ideal but we are here now and fighting our way up. I’m here concentrating on my football with Leicester City and hopefully we will get back up and everyone will be happy.
“We concentrate on that now and hopefully other players that didn’t get to move as well all contribute to the team to get up there, which is the most important thing now.
“When you have less time left at the football club, a year or two, there is speculation and rumours that you want to stay and you want to leave and all that. Personally, I love Leicester City, it’s a good place, a good football club and I’ve been here a few years now.”
The former Manchester City man joined Leicester in 2017 for a fee of around £25 million and played a pivotal role in their 2021 FA Cup triumph, where he scored the winning goal in the semi-final win over Southampton. The 2016 Premier League champions are hopeful that they can convince the player to extend his stay at the club, where he has scored 61 goals in 225 appearances to date.