Islam Slimani has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs…
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One of the surprise stars of this summer’s World Cup, Algerian striker Islam Slimani, has been linked with a move to newly promoted Premier League side Leicester City by Portuguese newspaper O Jogo.
The 26-year-old Sporting Lisbon star has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs, most notably West Ham United, while Newcastle United, Everton and Crystal Palace have also been mentioned in reports.
Slimani scored against both South Korea and Russia as his African side surprisingly progressed to the knockout stages of the tournament, exiting to finalists Germany after a hard fought game that needed extra time.
The Foxes are supposedly readying a bid in the region of €8m for the forward, with Lisbon set to hold out for closer to €12m. However, the paper adds that the Portuguese giants will consider lower bids if the player expresses his desire to move to England.
Leicester, who are returning to the Premier League for the first time since 2004, have been quiet in the transfer market thus far – signing four players on free transfers: Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa), Jack Barmby (Manchester United), Ben Hamer (Charlton Athletic) and Matthew Upson (Brighton & Hove Albion).
However, they look ready to part with some cash in order to secured a deal for Slimani, who has now scored 12 international goals in 24 appearances, and netted seven times in the league for Lisbon last season.