How Newcastle Snatched Slimani From West Ham At The Last Minute

On Tuesday night last week, Newcastle seemed to be in disarray after losing out on two strikers – Nicolai Jorgensen and Daniel Sturridge.

Which strikers were left to sign was a good question that night, but it turns out that Newcastle were on the phone and agreed a loan deal for Islam Slimani from Leicester City.

That was even though West Ham manager David Moyes thought he had a deal wrapped up with Slimani signing on loan for the Toffees the next day.

Isalm Slimani – happy to play for Rafa Benitez

This is what David Moyes has said in the Mirror::

“Slimani was agreed on Tuesday night and it didn’t come off on Wednesday.”

“I woke up on Wednesday to be told that it wasn’t going to happen.”

There were rumblings after we signed the Algerian last Wednesday night that Leicester didn’t want to loan their striker to West Ham.

That was because of negative comments made by West Ham Vice-Chairman Karren Brady after they had fired Claudio Ranieri on February 23rd last year.

The Mirror had reported Brady had written a (very) negative article about the Foxes owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and his sacking of Claudio Ranieri in her weekly Sun column last year.

That criticism has come back to haunt West Ham and it’s good news for Newcastle.

It seems Leicester were pleased to loan out Slimani to Newcastle rather than West Ham, especially when he was keen to come to Tyneside and work under Rafa Benitez.

It looked like we had missed out on Slimani earlier in the transfer window because Leicester had said they would not loan the player to a Premier League side but only sell him for £20M.

That all changed late in the window and even though they left it far too late, Newcastle were able to pull off a coup on Wednesday and got the top Algerian Striker through the door.

Rafa also said yesterday Slimani’s thigh injury is only minor and he will have a fitness test today to see if he can be in the squad for the game at Crystal Palace tomorrow.

We can only imagine the call to Slimani from his agent late on Tuesday night:

“Remember when  I told you that  you were going to West Ham tomorrow ……”

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13 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 3, 2018 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #1


  • one fine day

    Feb 3, 2018 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Not surprising from the Leicester guy .
    In my line of work interact with Thais a lot honour,trust and respect is massive with them.
    Breach it and your dead to them.
    Never mind moysey ….at least you have your coooncil hooose stadium for free so it’s not all doom n gloom 🙂

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 3, 2018 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #3

    Too many Worthers Ed?!

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 3, 2018 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Didn’t the Lisbon chief exec call West ham owners the ‘dildo brothers’? ? ?

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 3, 2018 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Just a relief to get a recognisable striker in, lets hope he lifts the squad and not the opposite. A few more goals will see us through.

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 3, 2018 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Didn’t the Lisbon chief exec call West ham owners the ‘dildo brothers’? ? ?

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 3, 2018 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #7

    🙂 ? ?

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 3, 2018 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #8

    Oh dear my smileys are coming up as question marks

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 3, 2018 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #9

    That would make MA Mr 70% because not only do his shop trade at that figure, his transfer bids are always that far off.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Feb 3, 2018 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #10

    If only your words came up as question marks we wouldn’t have to read your self serving drivel.

  • lesh

    Feb 3, 2018 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #11

    Munster Mag……. Good Vibrations comes to mind!

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 3, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #12

    The squad is essentially big enough. Rafa’ll want to work with 22-3 genuine first team players. Depth wise we have let two central mids go, leaving us with only four, but without any cup fixtures the squad looks in pretty decent shape for the run in.

    Murphy has come on, and Kenedy and Slimani are big additions, and the keeper’s youtube footage is outstanding, and apparently he has stellar footwork. Its hard to understand why they let him go, perhaps a sizeable loan fee had a lot to do with it, and an obligation to buy at decent money Sparta to let him go. Hopefully he really is the business.

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 3, 2018 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #13

    ” ……..convinced Sparta to part with him.” Better.


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