Sporting’s Slimani on Leicester radar

Sporting’s Slimani on Leicester radar
Algeria's striker Islam Slimani facing Belgium at the FIFA World Cup

by Staff Reporter

Monday Jul 20, 2015. 10:05

Sporting Lisbon’s Algerian striker Islam Slimani has a number of Premier League sides keen on acquiring his services, with Leicester City having joined the race this weekend.

Claudio Ranieri, the Foxes’ new manager, is said to be keen on the £10-million rated North African, though he faces a battle from several other English clubs.

West Ham United, West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United have all been linked with a move for Slimani, who has become a key player for Sporting and last season helped them win the Portuguese Cup.

Last week it was reported that Newcastle were the frontrunners to sign the Algerian, though the fact that they have virtually sealed the £12-million signing of Anderlecht forward Aleksandar Mitrovic and are also front runners for QPR's Charlie Austin means Slimani may have slipped down their pecking order.

This could open up the possibility for the likes of Leicester to make a move for the striker, with Ranieri looking to boost his squad ahead of the start of the 2015/16 Premier League season next month