Kelechi Iheanacho doesn’t want to move to West Ham
At some point this summer, West Ham will likely sign a legitimate striker to lead their line. Unfortunately for the Hammer faithful, they’re going to have to wait a bit longer. Their rumoured deal for Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho seems to be off.
The talented Nigerian hitman has told the BBC that he “definitely” wants to stay at Manchester City next season. While he does admit that he’s heard some transfer speculation, he clearly isn’t interested in leaving Pep Guardiola’s side.
That news has to come as a blow for Slaven Bilic. The West Ham boss believed he’d finally solved his club’s most pressing problem with the addition of Iheanacho. Now, the City striker will simply be another name in a long list of centre forwards that have snubbed the Hammers.
Fortunately, Bilic and company have plenty of time left this summer to find a suitable replacement. In particular, they’ve been prominently linked with Daniel Sturridge if Liverpool elect to sell the English striker. If, and it’s a big if, Sturridge can stay healthy, he could revolutionize Bilic’s attack next season.
The more prudent path forward for the club might be to lower their sights a bit. Before looking for an absolute game changer, they’d be well served to purchase someone who could serve as a quality Premier League regular. Manuel Lanzini’s presence in the squad can make it an easy position for even a modest talent. There’s an argument to be made that West Ham are setting their sights too high at the moment.
Things with Iheanacho could always change, but at the moment, it seems as if he’s set to snub West Ham. Slaven Bilic and his club’s faithful fan base will have to wait at least a few more weeks to discover the identity of the man who will lead the Hammer line next year.