Newcastle have been linked with a (high) number of strikers already this summer, and news today that we are supposed to be interested in Sporting Lisbon’s 27 year-old striker Islam Slimani, who has been at the Lisbon club for two years now. and is an Algerian International.
Islam Slimani in action against Chelsea in December
Slimani has played 37 times for Algeria with 15 goals and he had a very good World Cup last summer in Brazil and also played in the African Cup[ of Nations earlier this year, when they were beaten 3-1 in the quarter finals by Ivory Coast.
The report is in HITC Sport, who are saying that Crystal Palace, Leicester, West Brom and Newcastle have made inquiries about the Algerian.
It still seems that the two strikers Newcastle want are Charlie Austin and Aleksandar Mitrovic, but these could be alternatives if we cannot get them on Tyneside, always assuming we are really interested in the 27 year-old 6ft 1ins tall Algerian.
Slimani grew up in the western Algiers suburb of Ain Benian, and he played for two Algerian clubs, JSM Cheraga and CR Belouizdad before joining Sporting two years ago.
In the two seasons he has spent in Lisbon he has scored 25 goals in 63 appearances and he seems a decent enough striker.
We suppose it’s not too surprising that with four (now fairly rich) Premier League clubs said to be interested in the player, Sporting Lisbon are asking a high fee for him – £10M.
What do you think?