West Ham should accept Iheanacho's buyback fee and focus on the present

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

West Ham United had been linked with the Manchester City youngster but things have gone quiet after a reported impasse.

Manchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho scores their first goal

According to a report from Own Goal Nigeria, West Ham United walked away from discussions regarding the potential transfer of Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho after the two sides could not agree on the buyback clause.

City are said to have wanted a fee that was not acceptable to the Hammers, but given their need for additional quality fire-power, Slaven Bilic's side should be focusing on the here and now.

Such is Iheanacho's ability in front of goal that City were never going to allow him to leave unless they could buy him back for a decent fee if he goes on to fulfil his potential.  

West Ham would, like any club, want to sign a player they know is theirs for as long as they want them. However when it comes to signing the most prolific young strikers in European football, it is rarely that easy.

West Ham could walk away from the deal and hope to sign another striker or two.  The problem is, as their fans will tell you it is easier said than done.

Last summer Bilic's side was linked with some of the most exciting forwards in the game.  They ended up with Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri.

Such is City's strength in depth and the likelihood of additional new recruits both this summer and in future transfer windows, that they are unlikely to activate Iheanacho's buyback clause any time soon.

That means West Ham could have a prolific young forward for the next few years and when you consider City are willing to sell, the Hammers should act before it is too late.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

The 20-year-old scores almost every time he starts and he is only going to get better in the years to come.

West Ham may know they only have him for a limited time but they are likely to make their money back, and even if City are pushing for a cut-price return, he will more than pay the difference if he performs to his best ability for however long he is at the London Stadium.

Iheancho is an exciting yet achievable target, and West Ham need to act on one of those or risk another summer of bitter disappointment.

Manchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho in action with Burnley's Tom Heaton and Michael Keane (R)

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