Cobblers sign versatile forward on loan from rivals Peterborough

Kanu can play out wide or through the middle
Idris Kanu. Picture: Pete Norton.Idris Kanu. Picture: Pete Norton.
Idris Kanu. Picture: Pete Norton.

Cobblers have signed attacker Idris Kanu on loan from rivals Peterborough United for the rest of the season.

The 22-year-old, who has made five Championship appearances this season, can play as a striker or out wide and has just returned from being part of the Sierra Leone squad at the African Cup of Nations.

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Kanu played 17 times and scored twice in League One last season when Peterborough won promotion to the Championship. He only signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract with the club last February, keeping him at London Road until the summer of 2023.

Kanu joined West Ham United's academy as an 11-year-old in 2010 and progressed through the club's youth system before undergoing an unsuccessful trial with Manchester United in 2016.

Kanu then left West Ham to pursue senior football on a regular basis and it was at Aldershot Town in the National League were he caught the attention of then-League One club Peterborough, who signed him at the age of 16.

He has struggled to establish himself as a regular at Posh though, making 69 appearances and scoring 11 goals in four and a half seasons. He has also had loan spells with Boreham Wood and Port Vale.