Hammers Eye Iheanacho on Free Transfer

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West Ham United are wasting no time under new manager Julen Lopetegui, with reports suggesting they’re targeting a free agent striker after securing the signing of defender Max Kilman.

The East London club has been quite active in the transfer market so far. Tim Steidten, speaking at Lopetegui’s first press conference, confirmed strong financial backing from the ownership and a busy summer window planned.

West Ham have already added depth to their squad with the signings of winger Luis Guilherme from Palmeiras and experienced goalkeeper Wes Foderingham on a free transfer from Sheffield United.

The latest addition is defender Max Kilman, who will reunite with Lopetegui at the London Stadium. A £40 million deal has been agreed with Wolverhampton Wanderers for the player.

With the defensive reinforcement secured, West Ham are now reportedly turning their attention to bolstering their attacking options.

According to GiveMeSport, Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho, who recently left Leicester City as a free agent, is a target for the Hammers. In view of our earlier comments regarding the player, we hope this is planned as an ‘extra’ addition to bolster the squad depth, on top of the £30 million-plus negotiations going on to bring a first choice, front line forward to London Stadium.

However, the Irons might face competition for Iheanacho’s signature as their recent transfer partners, Wolverhampton Wanderers, are also reportedly interested in the striker.

The 27-year-old Iheanacho boasts a strong Premier League record, having scored 42 goals in 196 appearances for Leicester City.

Former Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers showered Iheanacho with praise, highlighting his talent, hard work, and resilience and ESPN analyst Colin Udoh further emphasised Iheanacho’s threat in front of goal, labeling him a “scary” finisher.

West Ham’s pursuit of Iheanacho, presumably in addition to the £30 million-plus ‘paid’ striker options we’ve reported earlier, adds an exciting dimension to their summer transfer activity.  The competition with Wolves for the free agent striker promises to be an intriguing battle.

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  • Lord Robert venour says:

    Another crap signing by sully anything to save spending might as well keep Antonio

  • Ian says:

    As long as we also sign a new first choice proven striker too.

  • Robbie Fricker says:

    If he wants £100k pw, and a £10m signing-on fee, El-Nesyri would be a better signing.

  • Joseph says:

    As a different option to a main striker who i am sure we will be signing i think it is not a bad shout…many complain about Ings lack of pace etc well this man has it and for a free signing i think it is not a bad idea…every club has to cut there cloth and on this front getting a striker in who is different to the one we have(Antonio)and the one we will buy(your choice who)i think it is sensible.

  • Robbie says:

    If he wants £100k pw, and a £10m signing-on fee, El-Nesyri would be a better signing.

  • I'm not the answer to our right back problems says:

    Let’s hope and pray Wolves beat us to this signing.
    He only scored 5 goals in the Championship last season and has only scored 35 times in 7 years at Leicester City, so how he is a “scary” finisher is beyond me. Antonio is a better option even though he is 7 years older.

  • I'm not the answer to our right back problems says:

    Forgot to state that’s 35 goals in 7 years in League Games (Premier League and Championship)

  • Phil McDonald says:

    Backup yes. Starter no.

  • 60 + Years of supporting says:

    One you youngster who probably won’t start, one goalkeeper third place back up, one average full back ( overpriced), must say we are setting the transfer market on fire🤣, that’s without talking about departures ?COYI.
    I’m sure things will get better, won’t they? COYI🤟✊🤔🤯

  • Kevlar says:

    We need Jonathon David or Ivan Toney as our Centre forward.We also need a centre midfielder like yousef fofana and wan bissaka and Kyle walker-peters.I would make ings part of the walker-peters deal and keep downes.Outlay for wan bissaka- £15m walker-peters£15m fofana-£20m David-£25m Toney-£40m.

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