Everton to table mammoth bid for Manchester City striker - report
By Aramide Oladipo
Everton boss Ronald Koeman is interested in bringing Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho to the Merseyside club, according to a report.
The Sun claims the Merseyside giants are ready to launch a shock bid of £20million for Iheanacho as they look for a replacement for exit-bound star man Romelu Lukaku.
It is said that the 20-year-old Nigeria international is unhappy with his current situation in Manchester because he is now the third choice striker behind Sergio Aguero and new recruit Gabriel Jesus.
The Sun report that Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola would rather send Iheanacho out on loan to the Bundesliga but quote a source as stating that Koeman has already shown an interest in the striker.
A £20million bid would be a mammoth one by Everton’s standards and would be higher than only two signings in the club’s history, £28million Lukaku and £25million Yannick Bolasie.
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Iheanacho announced himself on the Premier League stage at the start of the 2015-16 season and since then, he has mainly been used as an impact substitute for Manchester City.
During his short career at the Etihad, the Nigerian has made 45 Premier League appearances and he has scored a total of 12 goals and he has provided four assists.
Football Insider verdict
Kelechi Iheanacho would be a great addition to the Everton squad because he has already proven that he can score goals at this level. He has never really been given a fair shout at the Etihad with the amount of quality they have in the attacking positions but a move to Goodison Park could potentially do wonders for his career. The Nigerian has all the potential to score 15 goals or more in the Premier League and a plus for Everton would be his age as he still has plenty of time to improve as a striker. It appears that the move does depend on whether Romelu Lukaku will be staying at the club and although Iheanacho might not be able to match the Belgian’s goals straight away, he could turn out to be a great signing in the long-term.
In other Everton transfer news, the club will now turn their sights to a new striker target available at a bargain price after missing out on Sandro Ramirez.