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Forget Vardy: Everton should sign this £13.5m-rated African marksman instead this summer

The Everton supporters have been feeling downbeat in the Transfer Tavern of late, but recent reports which link their club with a move for Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy have given them plenty of reason to feel optimistic about the future. 

Everton’s miserable away record continued on Saturday afternoon as they suffered a 2-1 defeat against Burnley at Turf Moor. The resident Toffees propping up our bar were absolutely furious with the manner in which they meekly allowed Burnley to take charge of proceedings in the second-half and eventually overturn a 1 nil deficit. It really was a bizarrely abject display from a quality set of players who began the game so positively, and the club will need to move on quickly to ensure they reach the safe-haven of the 40-point mark as soon as possible.

However, reports in The Mirror claim that the hierarchy at the club are already looking ahead to the summer transfer window when they plan to attempt to lure Jamie Vardy to Goodison Park. A move for Leicester City’s talisman would represent an ambitious statement of intent, but considering his importance to The Foxes, it’s likely that he would command an astronomical transfer fee.

With that being said, Everton should abandon their pursuit of Vardy and instead make an effort to sign his Leicester teammate, namely Kelechi Iheanacho (valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt). The Nigerian international is a natural goalscorer with a clinical edge that very few strikers can demonstrate, but he has struggled for first-team opportunities to showcase his talent since he left Manchester City for Leicester last summer.

Iheanacho is yet to get off the mark for his new club in the Premier League, although it must be noted that he has only managed 3 league starts all season. It’s likely that Leicester will be reluctant to sell the 21-year-old due to his huge potential to succeed in the future, but they might just be tempted to part company with him if the fee is too good to refuse.

Alternatively, Leicester could be open to the potential of securing a loan deal for Iheanacho rather than allowing him to leave permanently. Whether it be a permanent or a temporary move, Everton’s interests would best be served by completing a forward-thinking move for Iheanacho in the summer rather than a financially crippling short-sighted transfer for his 31-year-old teammate.

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