Premier League side Leicester City have confirmed the signing of Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho in a deal reported to be around £25m.
A statement on the club’s official website on Thursday night stated that the Taye Academy product has signed a 5-year deal.
“Leicester City Football Club has completed the signing of striker Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City for an undisclosed fee.”
“The 20-year-old Nigeria international has put pen-to-paper on a contract to 2022 and becomes the fourth exciting addition to Craig Shakespeare’s squad ahead of the new campaign,” the club statement read.
Iheanacho becomes manager Craig Shakespeare’s fourth acquisition this summer and will join fellow Super Eagles stars Wilfred Ndidi and Ahmed Musa at the King Power Stadium.
He has been assigned the club’s Number 8 jersey last worn by Matty James last season.
Leicester City manager Shakespeare told the club’s TV: “It’s a great signing for us. Kelechi is an enormously talented player that has shown a huge amount of promise at every level in which he’s played.
“We’ve tracked his progress for some time, so we know how much quality he’ll bring to the squad. He’s young, he’s hungry, he’s ready for the next stage of his development and I’m delighted that will be with Leicester City.”
Iheanacho will compete for places in the team’s attack with the likes of Jamie Vardy, Shinji Okazaki, Leonardo Ulloa and Algerian Islam Slimani.
He is expected to play some part in his new team’s final pre-season engagement against German side Borussia Moechengladbach on Friday ahead of next weekend’s Premier League opener against Arsenal.