Leicester City’s signing of Spanish striker Ayoze Perez on a four-year deal has cast doubt on Kelechi Iheanacho’s future at the EPL outfit.
Newcastle agreed to a £30m fee with the Foxes for the 25-year-old and he will join the Leicester City attack line that currently boasts of Jamie Vardy and Iheanacho.
Iheanacho who failed to make the final cut for the Nigeria senior national to the Africa Cup of Nations has endured a difficult time in his two seasons at the King Power Stadium. The arrival of Perez may further compound his situation.
Last season Iheanacho played only 926 minutes despite getting 30 appearances.
Perez, who joined Newcastle from his hometown club Tenerife in 2014, was the Premier League club’s top scorer last season with 12 league goals.
“Leicester City Football Club is delighted to confirm the signing of Spanish forward Ayoze Perez for an undisclosed fee, subject to Premier League and international clearance,” Leicester said in a statement on their website.
“Perez is one of the Premier League’s most exciting talents, with pace, trickery and an eye for goal that will add plenty to City’s attacking ranks ahead of their top-flight opener at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday, August 11.”
The forward is Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers’ second signing of the close season following the arrival of defender James Justin from Luton Town. (Reuters/NAN)