By Joe Nelson
Leicester are in advanced talks with Sporting Lisbon to sign Islam Slimani, according to a report.
Sky Sports News claimed on their Twitter account on Sunday afternoon that talks were underway over a potential club-record deal for the Algeria international.
The 28-year-old, who has been previously linked with Everton, looks set to be on his way to the King Power stadium to link up with Algerian team-mate and reigning PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez.
Portuguese sports newspaper A Bola claimed a fortnight ago that Everton and West Brom had approaches for Slimani rejected.
A Bola stress that any offer below £25.8million will be considered below Sporting’s asking price for the 28-year-old.
Slimani netted 27 goals in 33 appearances in the Portuguese top flight last season as his side narrowly lost out on the league title by two points to Benfica.
The 28-year-old boasts an impressive 23 international goals in 43 appearances for his home country, Algeria.
Slimani is under contract with the Portuguese giants until 2020, but it is claimed by Portuguese publication Noticias ao Minuto that the striker has a release clause of £24million in that agreement.
Sky Sports are yet to announce how much the deal will be worth, but it is expected that they may well meet that release clause if the player is to join the current Premier League champions.
The highly rated forward joined Sporting in 2013 and he has since notched up 56 goals in three seasons.
In other Everton transfer news, Newcastle are interested in bringing this Toffees man to Tyneside.