By Alex Taylor
West Brom have launched a £21million bid for Everton target Islam Slimani, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim that the Baggies have fallen just £5million short of Sporting Lisbon’s asking price for the striker.
The report says that Swansea have also made inquiries for the services of Slimani this summer.
Portuguese sports newspaper A Bola claim that Everton and West Brom have had approaches for Slimani rejected.
Everton have been eyeing a move for the forward in recent weeks, but the Toffees’ latest bid for the goal-scorer was branded ‘ridiculous’ by his current club.
Ronald Koeman is looking to bolster his attacking options in the current transfer window as the future of his chief attacking threat Romelu Lukaku remains unclear.
Slimani netted 27 goals in 33 appearances in the Portugese 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 Portugese 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.
The highly rated forward joined Sporting in 2013 and he has since notched up 56 goals in three seasons.
In other Everton transfer news, billionaire owner Farhad Moshiri has revealed that he is “anxious” to bring more signings into the club this summer.