Newcastle United are set to change their sights to Kelechi Iheanacho according to an exclusive on Monday morning.

Nicolai Jorgensen played for Feyenoord on Sunday in their 3-1 win over ADO Den Haag, replaced by Robin van Persie in the closing stages.

His team selection finally appearing to remove any hope of Newcastle landing the Danish international, with Mike Ashley unwilling to go anywhere near the striker’s £20m price tag.

Indeed George Caulkin of The Times is reporting that Newcastle gave up on Jorgensen a few days ago.

Now Teamtalk have published an exclusive today, claiming that Kelechi Iheanacho has told Leicester boss he needs to go out on loan for regular football, with Newcastle said to be up for a deal if Jorgensen is no longer a possibility.

The 21 year old Kelechi Iheanacho has had a tough time at Leicester after his £25m move last summer, Newcastle claimed to be interested back then, before reality kicked in and Rafa had to settle for £5m Joselu on a very limited budget.

The former Manchester City striker has only started two Premier League matches for Leicester and played only 255 PL minutes in total with no goals.

More or less limited to cup games, Iheanacho has a decent five goals in four cup starts (plus one off the bench), including scoring twice in Saturday’s 5-1 win over Peterborough.

Looking a good player at Man City and with a very decent goals to start ratio, Kelechi Iheanacho just couldn’t though get a regular game at the Etihad due to the competition for places.

At Man City, the Nigerian international scored 21 goals (all competitions) in 20 starts (plus 44 appearances off the bench).

It is over 10 weeks since Kelechi Iheanacho even came off the bench in the Premier League, so a loan deal looks likely, to somewhere.

If there is any substance to claims of Newcastle interest, then hopefully Leicester wouldn’t see a problem in the player going to St James Park. The Foxes have really picked up since Claude Puel’s arrival and are nowhere near the relegation zone, now sitting in seventh place with 34 points and only a couple of wins off certain safety.

Only two days now until deadline day and the clock ticking ever louder for Newcastle to bring in essential signings.

  • ghostrider

    Much better to get a loan in like this than to buy outright on a whim.
    I’m sure Rafa will get Lascelles to train him up to defend.

    Seriously though, i’d take this lad on a loan.
    His wages won’t be mental and he has a lot to prove. It’s a win win as long as Rafa actually plays to the lads strengths.

    • grantham mag

      Lascelles, will be sold on Wednesday. Fat Boy is Skint

      • Rich Lawson

        Lascelles is a gutsy boy,love to see them set up a move for him on the last day and him turn round and say he’s not going out of loyalty to Rafa’ and the fans !

        • Coble’s Return

          Penfold would be spotted leaving SJP with an ice pack on his testicles.

    • Paul Smith

      Yes because the only option is a loan or a permanent signing on a whim…

      Maybe those are the only options when you leave it till the last few days of the window and you are desperate… A situation that was entirely avoidable and yet one which happens almost every time since Mike Ashley arrived.

      How about Charnley and Ashley actually do their jobs and go out and get deals done for the players that would actually take the club forward. Preferably have the deals at an advanced enough stage so that they can be completed before the end of window…

      • ghostrider

        We have players who Rafa will not play.
        We have players that rafa does not seem to like.
        Rafa refuses to offload those players in order to bring players in. Why?
        Is this Ashley’s fault?

        Won’t play Mitrovic and yet will not allow him out on loan.
        And that makes sense to you does it?
        Sometimes things aren’t as black and white as they are made to appear to those with Rafa spectacles on.

  • Jezza

    In the space of a week NUFC have gone from being prepared to break their transfer record to sign a striker to looking at getting somebody in on loan. Same old Ashley, he never changes.

    • Rich Lawson

      As we and others on here have been saying for weeks now we’re not going to buy anyone,it’s loaners or nowt !

  • Dillon Tovak

    It won’t happen, but finally a rumour I want to actually happen.

    • Rich Lawson

      Yes,him or Slimani would be an excellent loan signing for the rest of the season,both capable of converting the numerous chances we currently squander.

      • Charlie Dickens

        Ha… ‘numerous’. Hilarious. He would be an excellent loan signing, though.

    • Jezza

      You’re right, even this won’t happen. 22 years ago NUFC paid a world record transfer fee to sign the best striker in England, now we can’t even get a Leicester reserve on loan. That is how far Ashley has lowered standards at this club.

      • HarryHype59

        How very true.

      • NUFCDan

        Leicester 5th choice striker and still ten times better than anyone we have.

      • StevieB

        22 years ago……god I remember it like yesterday . Makes these days even harder to take . That’s why I always find it hard to say a bad word about Freddie Shepard . He wouldn’t have never let us get in this situation.

        • Jezza

          I hold my hands up and admit I was often critical of old “Fat Fred” during his time at the club but by God what I wouldn’t give to have somebody like him running things now.

  • Paul Busby

    The papers have clocked how desperate NUFC fans are to see something positive so they just throw any old none-sense out into the wild knowing it will get page views.

  • Peter Stabler

    This is a much more sensible approach in the Winter transfer window. While i’m here, who benefits from the window and how is it better than doing deals as and when they can be done removing brinkmanship from the scene and it’s inflationary effect?

    • Jezza

      Transfer windows are just one of the many facets of modern football that make today’s game vastly inferior to the one I followed back in the 70’s and 80’s.

  • Paul Patterson

    Nobody coming in I’m afraid. Moving on . .

  • Peaky Magpie

    With Ulloa going to Brighton from Leicester….nee chance……..

  • Leicester Mag

    So we gamble prem League survivial on a loan deal for a 21yr old? We continue to astound

    • Andy Mac

      Fatman’s shenanigans cant be ignored by the public and media who must now realise he’s an albatross around the neck of any club he’s connected to.

      “In it for the money” is the MASH motto.

  • magpiefifer

    It won’t happen – just another pie-in-the-sky report!
    My question is – will we sign another £5m striker!!!!?

    • Jezza

      Even then they’d only be prepared to take the £5 million striker on loan.

  • TheFatController

    He’s just scored twice so maybe Leicester will think they need him…?

  • Kev

    This is total fabrication!
    Kelechi is a happy boy.
    City won’t let him go out on loan.
    Newcastle would have to buy him if they want him…that would cost £50m. Do they have that kind of money?

    • Megatron1505

      Thank you for your comment Kele’s Mum 👍

    • StevieB

      Oh we have it!!!! if Watford, Huddersfield , Brighton and palace have 20’s n that then we have 50. We’ve just been brainwashed into thinking we’re a poor club these days .

  • HarryHype59

    This type of deal makes sense but probably won’t happen.

  • East Durham Mag

    What a total farce. We are a laughing stock but Fatty couldn’t give a hoot. The Keystone Cops could run the club better than these morons.

  • robbersdog

    Another loan deal? Don’t we actually sign our own players any more?

    • Paul Smith

      Don’t worry. He wont be coming anyway.

  • Jimmy

    Apparently in for Sturridge according to chronicle

    • East Durham Mag

      Do you think Fatty would pay his wages?

      • Jezza

        No, only top executives at S***s D****t get those kinds of wages.

  • NUFCDan

    Wondered how long it would be until this link appeared. Puel has already said Slimani isn’t for sale but Ibenacho is. So why were ever linked with Slimani in the first place boggles the mind.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Let’s face facts folks….the window closed as soon as Kenedy walked through the door.

    • Paul Smith

      A deal which was meant to happen 6 months earlier but they failed back then too.

      • Peaky Magpie

        Aye,it’s easy to forget how long it took…

  • Nut

    Welcome to Monday, with 2 days to go and only 1 loan signed in this window and with glaringly obvious holes in the side that need attention (striker, goalkeeper etc) Newcastle are being linked with everyone under team sun. Most you can immediately discount as fabrication for column inches.

    We will probably try for Sturridge, Kelechi and anyone else we can get on loan in desperate need of filling the hole only to find their wages are too high or the loan fee too large or the transfer fee being asked to large.

    If only we could loan Batishui from Chelsea alas we used that option with kenedy.

    I wonder if we could bag Destro now there is someone I think would score a few.

  • Wezza147

    Not a chance in this happening.
    “according to an exclusive on Monday morning”

    Is the propaganda machine now feeding Caulkin of the times?

  • Cunbriancamper

    I cant see us signing anyone tbh, bloody shame, rafa will be gone at the end of the season if mike doesnt sell the club, it allways been the same at newcastle ,no ambition from the owner, even when we were the entertainers we won nothing, just like spurs are today, winning 4-0 but nothing to show from it at the end of the day, relegation beckons im afraid if we dont get players in this window.

  • Paul Smith

    Hohoho. As if…. Even if he was willing to move up here we wouldnt be willing to pay the loan fee or wages require to make Leicester agree to let him go.

  • Andy Mac

    Have we been linked with Uncle Tom Cobley yet ?

    • Albert Stubbins

      yes- he wouldn’t commit – apparently he’s also weighing up a lucrative move to Burton Albion so says he will get back to us soon- we haven’t heard anything more.

  • mactoon

    Just go out and get a striker you F***ng idiots!!! I have never seen so much ineptitude in all my life of following football.

  • thewildchimp

    Doesn’t seem better than Mitro to me. Faster and more responsive, perhaps an upgrade to Gayle, yet Gayle seems a much better passer. However, anything on him is at least a year old.

    If I was a manager, I’d give Mitro a run of few games and if he could cut it, I’d spend the money on a midfielder. 20+m would net us a great midfielder. However, Mitro won’t get his chance, nor Rafa any money, so it’s all empty banter.

  • Albert Stubbins

    move on- nothing to see here either.

  • Albert Stubbins

    I see even Caulkin and Skys Peter Graves have now sold out as well so officially the only person we can now trust is Clarko!! God help us.