Newcastle enter the race for Slimani

Islam Slimani has been out of favour since Claude Puel took charge at the King Power Stadium, and the Leicester boss himself admitted that there were too many strikers at the club. We now take a quick look at where Slimani could be come the end of the transfer window.

Premier League side Newcastle United are the latest team to enter the race for the Algerian. Rafa Benitez is interested in signing the striker permanently for £20m, which would make the Magpies the second team to break their club transfer record with Slimani.

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Scouts at Newcastle have kept an eye on the 29-year-old over the last week or so according to the Daily Mirror, and it is understood that Benitez is weighing up whether to sign Slimani or Nicolai Jorgensen from Feyenoord for a similar price.

We also understand that West Ham have shown potential interest in signing Slimani on a loan deal, however Leicester City are very keen on selling the striker instead.

Chelsea have also been linked with the Algerian international, as Antonio Conte looks for a target man and Slimani could be his Plan B if Chelsea fail to land Edin Dzeko.

Besiktas also sent officials to London a couple of weeks ago to watch him against Fleetwood, but the Turkish champions are also keeping an eye on Javier Hernandez.

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