Leeds wanted to sign £25m, PL striker Guardiola says he’s a ‘killer in the box’

Leeds United’s search for a new striker over the summer led them to Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho.

The Athletic report that the Nigeria international was on Elland Road’s radar but they realized the deal was not feasible.

This is despite Leicester’s transfer window hardly ever kicking off and hitting a stalemate for most of the summer.

There was a feeling that they needed to make sales to get things moving, but they only sold Wesley Fofana in the end, and the only expense they made was replacing him.

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Leeds wanted to sign Iheanacho

But it appears they were unwilling to sell, or at least unwilling to do business at a rate that would have suited Leeds.

Leicester have signed Iheanacho for £25m (according to BBC Sport) in August 2017, and might have wanted to take advantage of it.

Leeds got around a few targets in the summer and on a dramatic deadline day, and ended up getting Italy international Wilfried Gnonto.

Pep Guardiola managed Iheanacho at Manchester City and describe the hitman as a “killer in the box”, in addition to being “strong and fast”.

It would have been a good way to bolster Jesse Marsch’s attacking options, but Leeds have always made it clear they just want the right player and not just a body for the sake of it.

They must move on without Iheanacho, who will fight for a place in the Leicester squad alongside Jamie Vardy and Patson Daka until at least January.

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