Leicester City boss optimistic of landing Iheanacho

Craig Shakespeare remains hopeful of adding Kelechi Iheanacho to his Leicester City squad before they travel to Arsenal in just under a fortnight’s time.

The Foxes manager is eager to add more attacking threat to his options ahead of the new season, and a deal has been agreed to take Iheanacho from Manchester City for around £25million. However, the move has been held up by contractual issues, such as a possible buy-back clause.

As it stands it appears as though the potential move is in limbo, but there is still plenty of time before the window slams shut until the New Year. And Shakespeare certainly hasn’t given up hope of having the 20-year-old Nigerian available for him when the new season begins next month.

“I’m hoping so, but I am like every other manager at the moment,” he said after the pre-season goalless draw with MK Dons. “I think we all find it frustrating but it is the current market. You saw with the Harry Maguire one, we got that done quick – when he is in the door we can announce it.”

Leicester paid £17million to take defender Maguire from Hull City, and slightly less for Sevilla midfielder Vicente Iborra. Goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic also arrives from the Tigers in a £2.3million, and Shakespeare has also taken a punt on young Chester defender Sam Hughes at £125,000.

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