West Ham United are one of several Premier League teams interested in signing Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho,according to TEAMtalk.
The outlet reported via its website on Monday (6 November) that the Championship striker has attracted plenty of interest from clubs in the top flight, including the Hammers, Crystal Palace and Brentford, should they lose Ivan Toney.
Iheanacho’s contract at the King Power Stadium expires at the end of the current season and he will be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with any club come January, with the Foxes keen to tie him down to a new contract in the coming weeks.
So far there has been no breakthrough in talks and there is a feeling that Leicester could be forced to sell the Nigerian forward in January just to avoid losing his services on a free transfer at the end of the campaign.
West Ham have been looking for a solution to their striker problem for as long as most supporters can remember, with David Moyes keen to finally find a 20-goal-a-season forward to his ranks to fire the Hammers up the Premier League table.
Neither Michail Antonio nor Danny Ings have been prolific during their time at the London Stadium, with the general expectation being that the Englishman will be allowed to depart during the January transfer window and Moyes will look to sign a new number nine.
Iheanacho was of interest to the Irons in the summer and could be available at a discounted rate if he enters the final six months of his deal with Leicester, but the question will be whether or not he is capable of finding the net consistently for the Hammers.
In 15 Championship matches this season, the 27-year-old has scored five goals and assisted once, while he found the net on five occasions last season as the Foxes were relegated from the Premier League.
Previously, Iheanacho has been prolific in the top flight, with his best return coming in the 2020/21 campaign where he scored 12 times in 16 starts.
He may not be the perfect striker for Moyes’ system, but he would more than likely be a better source of goals than anyone currently in the West Ham squad.
If nothing else it would lessen the expectations placed upon the shoulders of Jarrod Bowen and Mohammed Kudus currently.