Leicester City is ready to count their losses on £25million Super Eagles striker Kelechi Iheanacho after failing to impress since moving to the Kings Power Stadium, according to a report.
Speaking after the 0-0 draw with Fleetwood on Saturday, a game which Leicester failed to have a shot on target, Manager Puel said: “I think Kelechi is a young player and he needs to improve aspects of his play.
“Also it is difficult because he is a player behind Jamie Vardy and it means he doesn’t get many opportunities.“
Shinji Okazaki is also playing well, so it is difficult for him.
“He works hard on the pitch and in the training sessions and he needs to continue.
“I hope he can have some game time in the future.”
The 21-year-old Iheanacho netted seven times in nine starts for Man City last season and Pep Guardiola was reluctant to see the Nigerian leave last summer.
Leicester eventually paid £25million for the striker, a club-record deal and handed him a five-year contract on wages of £115,000 a week.
But things have gone badly for Iheanacho, who has made just two Premier League starts, scoring just once in the EFL Cup.
And now new boss Claude Puel, who gave Iheanacho a 10-minute runout against League One side Fleetwood on Saturday, does not see a future at the club for the player.
The Sun quotes a ‘well-placed source’: “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, Stoke, West Ham and Swansea were all chasing Iheanacho in the summer, but are unlikely to want to pay his wages.
Man City also have a buyback clause in the deal, which allows them to get the first refusal on the player for a fee of £50million.