Thursday Jan 21, 2021. 09:12
Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho has emerged as one of three forwards RB Leipzig have identified to sign on loan this month.
According to Sport Bild via Get Football News in Germany, the Nigeria international has joined Liverpool’s Divock Origi and Nice’s Kasper Dolberg on the Bundesliga club’s radar.
Leipzig are said to be keen to add another forward to their ranks following Timo Werner’s sale to Chelsea amid Yussuf Poulsen and Alexander Sorloth’s continued struggles for goals in the current campaign.
Iheanacho, 24, has only managed two Premier League starts for the Foxes this season as he continues to play second fiddle to Jamie Vardy.
Former England international Emile Heskey doesn’t believe that Iheanacho is the right man to replace Vardy, who celebrated his 34th birthday this month, as the club’s first-choice attacker and with Brendan Rodgers clearly not favouring the forward, a move to Germany could reignite his career.
“When Vardy doesn’t play you see a difference in the way they play and effectiveness of them going forward,” Heskey told Premier League Productions.
“They haven’t quite found someone who could actually fill that gap and this is what they are going to be looking at. Can Iheanacho be that next player? I can’t see it so they have to go and get someone else.”
Iheanacho has scored 23 goals in 107 appearances for Leicester since his move to King Power Stadium from Manchester City three years ago.