Leicester City have made Sporting Lisbon a £6.5 million offer in an attempt to lure Islam Slimani to the Premier League, reports talkSPORT. The Algerian striker is also on the radar at West Ham, but the Foxes hope to have stolen the lead in the race to sign him by tabling a positive bid.
Slimani came to the world’s attention during this summer’s World Cup in Brazil. He scored twice for an impressive Algerian side, helping his team to the last 16 of the tournament for the first time in the nation’s footballing history.
The 26 year old has also proven a revelation on club level, netting 8 times in his debut season for Sporting Lisbon. The Portuguese giants only bought the striker 12 months ago, and the president of the club is said to be furious at the prospect of his star man leaving so early.
However, bad feeling at Sporting is not likely to prevent Slimani’s exit, especially if Leicester’s offer is deemed high enough. The player is said to favour a move to the Premier League which would be seen as a significant step on his personal career ladder. Besides his last season in Portugal, Slimani’s entire career has been played out in his home country. At Leicester, or West Ham, he will be granted the opportunity to play in one of the most recognised leagues in the world.