Nigerian international, Kelechi Iheanacho, is set to be offloaded by former English Premier League champions Leicester City in the Winter Transfer window that opened on January 1.
Iheanacho has scored just once and finds himself in the pecking order behind Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki under Club Manager, Claude Puel.
He was only given a 10-minute run out against League One minnows Fleetwood in a 0-0 draw last Saturday.
The Foxes bought the 21-year-old from Manchester City last August and barely five months after joining for £25m the former Under-17 World Cup winner is about to be offloaded. He has made just two Premier League starts this campaign.
According to UK’s SunSport, the club is beginning to accept they made an expensive mistake by snapping up the Nigerian ace.
A decent source hinted yesterday: “The problem is Kelechi is earning around £115,000-a-week on a five-year deal and no club will currently want to take him on those wages.
“So Leicester might have to let him go for a lot cheaper than they paid for him if they decide to sell now.”
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez was interested in the summer and the likes of Stoke, West Ham and Swansea were also in the hunt.
Boss Claude Puel does not see him being part of his plans anytime soon.
And he hardly give him a ringing endorsement when asked if fans can expect to see more of him given the huge outlay the club made.
Meanwhile, while Iheanacho is having nightmare over his move from The Citizens to Leicester City, his Super Eagles teammate, Odion Ighalo is aiming to surpass the 15 goals and four assists he recorded for his Chinese Super League side, Changchun Yatai when the new season kicks off on March 1.
According to AOIFootball.com the former Watford man, has returned to his base in China and has since began training ahead of the season.
Ighalo’s first season in the very competitive Chinese Super League was impressive as he banged in goals with reckless abandon scoring 15 times and helping his club survive the early relegation scare to end up in a decent seventh in the 16-team league.
According to Ighalo, he aims to improve on last season’s performance.
“My target for the new season is simple, I want to surpass my last season’s achievement,” he said.