Man United eyes Sporting Lisbon striker as solution to limp strike force

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is believed to be ready to make a play to sign Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani after sending scouts over to Portugal to have him watched, according to The Sun.

The £12million-rated forward has already hit 13 goals in 16 games for the club so far this season, and is also being watched by Leicester and West Ham, whom he nearly joined over the summer.

The Algerian international is thought to be keen on a move to the Premier League, and boss van Gaal is keen to beat any other interested parties to his signature.

Slimani has established himself as a top striker in Portugal, recording an impressive tally of 42 goals in 90 appearances during three seasons, and frequently plays up front for his country with Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez.

He first caught the eye at the World Cup in 2014, where he played a big part in helping Algeria on their impressive run to the knockout stage.

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