Nottingham Forest has intensified its pursuit of Nigerian forward Kelechi Iheanacho, raising the possibility of his return to the Premier League sooner than anticipated. Despite being Leicester City’s standout player last season, Iheanacho’s impressive performances were unable to prevent the club’s relegation to the English Championship, the second tier of English football.
While Leicester City prepares for life in the Championship, Iheanacho might not stay with the club to assist in their quest for a swift return to the Premier League. Nottingham Forest, who also experienced struggles in the top flight last season, is reportedly determined to secure the signature of the Super Eagles forward during the summer transfer window.
The Tricky Trees are eager to finalize the deal promptly, having already engaged in preliminary discussions with the Leicester City striker last week. Iheanacho, 26, joined Leicester City from Manchester City in 2017 for a reported transfer fee of €27 million.
Following Leicester’s relegation, the Nigerian player expressed his desire to be released from the club. During his time at Leicester, Iheanacho made 206 appearances across all competitions, scoring 55 goals and providing 33 assists.
With just one year remaining on his contract and Leicester City facing financial constraints, the club is inclined to sell Iheanacho to recoup a portion of the fee they paid to acquire him from Manchester City. Should the transfer be approved, Iheanacho could potentially fill the void left by his compatriot Emmanuel Dennis, whom Forest has decided to sell this summer.