Newcastle are supposed to be one of the cubs who tried to sign Algerian striker Islam Slimani in January, but presumably we had a €20M (£15.9) turned down by his club Sporting Lisbon.
That’s according to Portuguese paper Record who indicated that other clubs such as Crystal Palace and Everton were also interested in the 27 year-old striker and also made bids in January for the striker.
Islam turns 28 in June and usually that would mean he would be too old for Newcastle, but the transfer system at the club will be changed from now on.
Islam Slimani in action against Chelsea
That’s after we have made some catastrophically bad signings over the last two or three years and somehow managed to waste£82M in the two transfer windows this season and we are still struggling against relegation.
Which players Newcastle sign in the summer should be dependent on who the manager is at that time – and they cannot be left to Graham Carr who has made too many poor signings recently.
If we can survive in the Premier League we are hoping the manager will be Rafa Benitez and he will have his own ideas on which positions need strengthening and which players he wants to bring into the club.
He will have a free hand to do that too.
If we are relegated it’s an open question about who the manager will be and Rafa may leave for pastures anew – which is why these final two games of the season are so very important for Newcastle.
Slimani seems like a decent striker and he has scored 30 goals in 42 appearances for Sporting this season, but we have seen with players like Luuk de Jong that players can score plenty of goals in the weaker European leagues, but then find it much tougher in the Premier League.
Who we sign this summer will need to wait until after the last game of the season a week on Sunday.
But we suppose Slimani could be a target …..
What do you think?