Islam Slimani emerges as Tottenham Hotspur target
Tottenham Hotspur are keen on Algerian star Islam Slimani to step in for the injured Harry Kane in the January transfer window. (h/t Daily Mail)
Tottenham are currently without a senior striker with Heung Son-Min and Lucas Moura having to step in for the injured Harry Kane. The lack of a specialist striker has shown, with Spurs scoring just thrice in four games following Kane’s injury.
Spurs have been linked with a plethora of strikers such as Victor Osimhen, Edinson Cavani and Ze Luis. The club looked to have been on the verge of signing Krzysztof Piatek, but it now looks like the deal is off.
The latest name to emerge is that of Slimani who is currently on loan at Monaco from Leicester City.
The Algerian has been prolific at Monaco and has scored 7 goals and 7 assists in 14 matches. (h/ Whoscored)
An ideal short term solution!
Harry Kane is the undisputed first choice when fit and it is hard to see Spurs sign a top striker who is ready to play second fiddle to the England captain.
At 31, Slimani is approaching the twilight of his career and should be open to a move to a club of Tottenham’s stature. A physically imposing player, he is capable of playing as the target man that upfront.
Not only will he get opportunities to play but will be happy to play second fiddle to Kane once he returns from injury. Slimani has played 47 games for Leicester in the Premier League and is familiar with the physical aspect of the game.
The Algerian should be able to perform for 3 seasons which also gives time for Spurs to scout upcoming talents or develop academy talents.
Aston Villa are also interested in signing the player. Monaco do have the option of signing the player at the end of his loan and may choose to exercise it. Leicester are reluctant to sell the Algerian to a direct top four rival and will prefer to sell the player elsewhere.
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Slimani has played 68 times for Algeria and has scored 29 goals. He was part of the Algerian team that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019. (h/t Whoscored)