The Mail is reporting that Islam Slimani has now landed at Newcastle airport ahead of his loan move to Newcastle United from Leicester City.
Fans had really good news earlier today that the deal to take the Algerian to Newcastle for a £2M loan fee was almost agreed – but you never know with Newcastle.
But the fact he has landed in Newcastle means that unless there’s a late snag – like failing his medical – we will get the type of striker Rafa has needed all season.
We would much rather have Slimani than either Jorgensen or Sturridge – if we can get him in.
And if do buy him for £20M this summer he would be a better buy than Jorgensen as we had written last week.
Islam Slimani – in Newcastle for a medical
It seemed from the news yesterday the Foxes would only let Slimani move if the move was permanent for around £20M.
But that doesn’t look to be the case, and there is time to get that deal signed, sealed and delivered today.
When it’s done, it will be a huge relief for Newcastle fans, and the disaster scenario of not signing a striker this month will have been averted.
Here’s a recent tweet by Keith Downie of Sky Sports.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 31, 2018
Here’s a nice picture from the Mail’s Craig Hope.
Picture of Islam Slimani after landing in private jet at Newcastle Airport ahead of loan move to NUFC. pic.twitter.com/37BzImw62I
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) January 31, 2018
Slimani cost Leicester £29M 18 months ago, and with Slimani coming in, maybe we will see Aleksandar Mitrovic move out on loan – but not to a Premier League club.
Islam has a thigh injury he picked up in training which will keep him on the sidelines for a couple of weeks, but the Magpies are right to sign him on loan today.
The loan deal could have an option to buy – or an obligation to buy – and it seems Rafa wanted Slimani when he was available 18 months ago – but we were relegated.
This looks like a potential long-term buy for Rafa Benitez and a class player – at last.
I can see it now Kenedy races down the left wing and puts in an inch-perfect cross and Slimani if there to head it powerfully into the back of the net.
Love it – if we can sign him today.