Everton, West Ham United 'in race for £20m-rated Kelechi Iheanacho'

Everton, West Ham 'in race for Iheanacho'
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Manchester City youngster Kelechi Iheanacho could be the subject of a £20m summer bid by Everton, while West Ham United are also said to be interested.

Everton and West Ham United have both shown an interest in Manchester City youngster Kelechi Iheanacho, according to reports.

The Nigeria international has seen his playing time limited since the arrival of manager Pep Guardiola last summer, starting just five games in the Premier League - one of those coming in 2017.

Despite his lack of impact this term, The Sun claims that Everton are preparing a shock £20m move for the 20-year-old, who they see as a potential replacement for Chelsea-linked striker Romelu Lukaku.

A City insider is quoted by the publication as saying: "Everton have shown an interest in Kelechi, who has been frustrated with a lack of game time this season.

"He is highly-rated here, but has not started a match since January 2 whereas I'm sure he would get lots of first-team action elsewhere.

"Pep is looking to bolster his ranks and spend a fair chunk of cash this coming transfer window and the club could be persuaded to sell should the right offer come in."

Meanwhile, Sky Sports News reports that West Ham will rival Everton in their pursuit of Iheanacho as they look to bolster their own attacking ranks.

Iheanacho is currently behind Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero and Nolito in the City pecking order.

Kelechi Iheanacho in action during the Champions League game between Manchester City and Celtic on December 6, 2016
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