In summer 2017, West Ham were heavily interested in Kelechi Iheanacho.

With Manchester City looking to sell, it was no surprise that a number of clubs were keen on the young striker.

Having scored 21 in 64 for the Citizens – most of which came from the bench – West Ham were desperate to sign Iheanacho.

But as each game passes, West Ham will be increasingly relieved that they missed out on Iheanacho.

West Ham’s transfer chase

Slaven Bilic did not want to sign Kelechi Iheanacho in 2017. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic was looking for a marquee striker signing in summer 2017.

David Sullivan and Tony Henry were desperate to bring in Iheanacho and were readying a £25m bid, The London Evening Standard reported at the time.

But the same report indicated that it was Slaven Bilic who pulled the plug on the deal.

The Croatian had doubts about Iheanacho and was not prepared to splash big money on him.


Given Iheanacho’s decline since leaving Manchester City, this is looking like a wise decision now.

Kelechi Iheanacho at Leicester

Kelechi Iheanacho has only scored two goals this season. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City via Getty Images)

Leicester eventually won the race for Iheanacho, with ESPN reporting the fee to be £25m.

But the Nigeria international has struggled to find his feet at The King Power Stadium.

In 51 games, Iheanacho has only managed 10 goals for Leicester, including just two in 23 this season.

The 22-year-old has not found the net since September and was poor against League Two side Newport County in the FA Cup last weekend.

At the time, West Ham fans were frustrated that Bilic opted against signing Iheanacho.

But that decision is looking justified now with Iheanacho’s struggles continuing this season.

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