Hammers inch closer on Iheanacho deal


IheanachoWest Ham have inched closer to a deal for Kelechi¬†Iheanacho by accepting Manchester City’s requirement for a buyback clause to be agreed.

The problem establishing his legal representation along with the buy back clause are the two major issues facing the Irons as they bid to bring the exciting striker to the east end.

The legal scenario is set to take up to a month to settle but ClaretandHugh can reveal tonight the club has accepted that a buyback clause will be involved.

And our senior source has admitted that “we can live that” whilst accepting that the other situation is one that the Irons can do absolutely nothing about.

Iheanacho is also reportedly being hunted by Leicester City – confirming early summer reports from Slaven Bilic that “we are all chasing the same targets.

But we also understand the Irons are preparing a record breaking offer as they bid to land a player who remains a highly rated operator at his own club.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • johnham1 says:

    I am not sure what we see in this guy but I hope they have done their homework and analysis because from what I have seen of him he has proven that he can make a difference at this level and score goals regularly. My own feeling is that if we end up signing this guy and Giroud we are in for a similar season as last season.

    • spyintheskyuk says:

      Seems you answer your own question, what ‘they’ see in him is that he can make a difference to our goal scoring, which no one has been able to do consistently since the first 4 months of Sakho arriving. If we sign him and Giroud we would be in for a far better season than last considering we had no striker able to score goals and stay fit. Still weaknesses in midfield and defence granted, but at least our prime deficiency will be improved immeasurably by one, let alone both of those signings and the best we can hope for at this stage of development after last season’s mess.

  • James says:

    Clearly people within football are not as switched on as you johnham1.I mean what would they know compared to you eh.

  • EastHam says:

    Johnham each to there own and all but this is a quality young player. I have said it before we as a club have three options when it comes to players. We can go for guys who are average and are in there prime (Feghouli, Snodgrass etc), we can go for older players who were very good but there legs have gone (zabaleta, Fonte etc) or we can compete with other clubs for very talented young players and help them achieve there potential then they will either stay with us having taken us to a new level or we sell for a hefty fee. The later is the only way we can progress as a club. The two clubs in this league who we should be looking at as an example are Everton and Spurs. They go out and get the best upcoming talent that will come tothem and they compete year in year out and always look like progressing. Without a billionaire backer the only way we can progress is by signing gems like Iheanacho

  • Stan The Man says:

    The Nacho will do for me,i fail to see how he is not an upgrade on some of the poo we have had at the club in recent years.

    • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

      I am sure you are right Stan, even if unproven he has shown he can score goals in the Prem, when his images rights legalities are resolved we will see what happens.

    • CondorHammer says:

      Agree gents.
      My question is, if the legal issues take a month to resolve are we able to sign him prior to their resolution?
      If not, are we running the risk of sitting around waiting whilst running the risk of being gazumpped by the likes of Leicester?

      • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

        To be honest I am not sure, I think because the people in the US are a type of agent they might be entitled to a percentage of any deal so I guess that all needs to be legally resolved or he will be paying them some money he doesn’t want them to receive, only guessing of course I have no clue what the legal details are.

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