By Danny Wright
Monaco are ready to table a bid for Leicester striker and Newcastle target Islam Slimani, according to a reliable journalist.
Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol claimed on his personal Twitter account on Sunday morning that the European title holders are prepared to make a move for Slimani, 29, once they sell wonderkid Kylian Mbappe to Ligue 1 rivals Paris St. Germain.
Watford are also understood to be interested in the Algerian international, who cost Leicester £29million in his move from Sporting CP last summer.
Monaco will make offer for Leicester City striker Islam Slimani as soon as they have sold Mbappé to PSG. Watford & Newcastle also interested
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 27, 2017
Newcastle have been linked with a number of strikers all summer and Rafa Benitez has made his frustrations clear about his side’s inability to significantly strengthen in the current transfer window.
Dwight Gayle, Aleksandar Mitrovic and summer signing Joselu are Benitez’s current options up front, but with Leicester’s Slimani seemingly on his radar, one of the forwards who helped win the Championship title last season might find themselves out of favour.
Premier League striker Slimani has made 31 appearances across all competitions for Leicester, scoring 10 goals in the process – two of which came this week in his side’s 4-1 win over Sheffield United in the Carabao Cup.
Football Insider Verdict
Newcastle have struggled for funds all summer and there’s no way that they would be able to match the financial muscle of Monaco, who look set to make a mint with the sale of French wonderkid Mbappe to cash-rich PSG. Slimani would be a decent addition for the Magpies. He didn’t get many chances to impress for Leicester last season with Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki in the squad, and now that Kelechi Iheanacho has been signed, Slimani is even further down the pecking order at the King Power. It’s strange that Monaco want the Algerian striker, but he has proven that he is better in European leagues than in England. It might be a blessing in disguise for Newcastle to miss out on the Foxes forward.
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