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Report: Aston Villa want Leicester City star Kelechi Iheanacho

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Report: Aston Villa want Leicester City star Kelechi Iheanacho

The Nigerian scored three times against the Villans during 2019/20.

Aston Villa are lining up a move for Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho, according to All Nigeria Soccer.

The Villans survived relegation on the final day of the 2019/20 campaign and boss Dean Smith will hope to kick on next season.

Firepower proved a struggle for Villa last season, with Wesley picking up a season-ending injury in January.

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Keinan Davis and Mbwana Samatta finished the campaign playing in attack but both failed to find the net since the restart.

Iheanacho has found regular football hard to come by at the King Power Stadium. He featured in 26 games for the Foxes, scoring 10 goals and registering four assists, despite being used largely from the bench.

A change of scenery could be on the horizon next season and Villa are showing an interest in his services.

The man with 23 caps for his country scored three times against Smith’s team last season.

Iheanacho signed for Leicester from Manchester City for £25 million three years ago.

He has never really held down a regular place in the team, largely playing second fiddle to the impressive Jamie Vardy.


The chance to join Villa would surely give him an opportunity to be the main man in attack and that would suit him.

At 23 he’d be an investment in the future for Villa, whilst it would also give them a player proven when it comes to scoring goals in the Premier League.

It’s unclear at this stage what Leicester would want for Iheanacho but the striker is paid £60,000-a-week at the King Power Stadium.

TBR View – Iheanacho ideal for Aston Villa

Last summer Villa opted for quantity over quality and they nearly paid the ultimate price.

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Signing a player of Iheanacho’s ilk would instantly give them an upgrade in the striking department.

He is proven, won a Premier League title with Manchester City and with a run of games he could score bags of goals.

Smith must change tact this year and go for quality over stockpiling squad players.

The Nigerian frontman would be a solid start.

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