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.