Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho has been the subject of reported interest from Aston Villa, but Newcastle should make a move to bring the Nigerian to Tyneside in January.
The Leicester Mercury report the forward would resist a move to Villa Park, claiming he is happy to “play second fiddle” to Jamie Vardy at the Foxes, but with Ayoze Perez also ahead of him, his chances continue to be limited.
While the 23-year-old is making all the right noises about being happy at the club, how long he remains so, depends on how few and far between his opportunities are.
It is one thing for a player to be okay with a back-up role, but if he is constantly overlooked, his frustration is sure to grow, and a move away – even if just a loan switch – could become a better option.
Newcastle need to reinforce their strike-force, and with both domestic loan spots still available, a short-term deal for Iheanacho could be an ideal answer to Steve Bruce’s attacking issues.
His eye for goal is what Newcastle are currently lacking, and a player with a point to prove would make the perfect loan signing for the second half of the season.
Whereas the striker may not want to leave for Aston Villa, with all due respect to them, there is a huge difference between turning down a move there, and turning down one to St James’ Park.
A Newcastle move may be too good for Iheanacho to turn down
If Newcastle put a proposal together that Leicester were agreeable to, it would surely be tough for the former Manchester City striker to say no.
Of Leicester’s 14 Premier League games to date, Iheanacho has not even been incuded in the squad for eight of them. In fact, when he replaced Perez in the 62nd minute against Everton on Sunday, it was the first time he had made it onto the pitch in a league game so far.
Of course, he showed his goal-scoring quality, popping up with an injury time winner for Brendan Rodgers’ side, which is the exact reason Newcastle should be launching a bold move for him.
Whether he is given a start in Leicester’s home game against Watford tonight, remains to be seen, but regardless, Bruce should be pulling out all the stops to try to lure a young striker of Iheanacho’s ability to Newcastle next month.