Aston Villa interested in Leicester's Kelechi Iheanacho

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Seamus Leonard

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Aston Villa are considering a bid for Kelechi Iheanacho with Leicester ready to offload the striker in order to create funds to chase other another target.

Iheanacho has failed to nail down a starting spot with the Foxes since his £25m move from Manchester City in 2017.

The Nigeria international posted a more than respectable 10 goals in 26 appearances in 2019/20, but is nevertheless considered surplus to requirements by manager Brendan Rodgers.

Instead, Rodgers wants to reunite with Odsonne Édouard after the pair worked together during the Northern Irishman’s time in charge at Celtic.

Édouard’s consistency in front of goal with the Bhoys has attracted much interest from both a number of Premier League teams as well as further afield, meaning the Scottish side may hold out for the £40m valuation on the striker.

Villa are in desperate need of a reliable goalscorer after they narrowly avoided relegation this season.

Dean Smith’s side shelled out £22m for Brazil forward Wesley last summer, but the former Brugge frontman managed just five goals and one assist in 21 league appearances.

Reports suggest that the Villains are leading the race for Iheanacho, but Newcastle are also said to be showing interest in the 23-year-old.