Crystal Palace keen on Kelechi Iheanacho as Jean-Philippe Mateta attracts transfer interest

Crystal Palace will make a move for Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho should Jean-Philippe Mateta leave this summer.

Iheanacho, 26, is deemed important to relegated Leicester's bid to return to the Premier League but Roy Hodgson has made him one of his top transfer targets.

The Foxes do not want to lose Iheanacho, but Palace know he will be available on a cut-price deal with his contract set to expire next summer.

Hodgson is desperate to add goals to his frontline after club legend Wilfried Zaha departed for Galatasaray, and knows Mateta is ready to explore a move away with both Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig interested.

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Leipzig have had two offers rejected, the first a loan bid and then a £7million offer to sign Mateta permanently. Matata failed to make Palace's squad for the 1-0 defeat at home to Arsenal on Monday night.

Hodgson is also keen to sign a new goalkeeper after a falling out with long-time no1 Vicente Guaita.

The 36-year-old is accused of "refusing to play" by Hodgson but sources close to the player deny this version of events. Manchester United's Dean Henderson and Leicester's Daniel Iversen are both considered options.