West Ham have tabled a bid for Leicester City striker Islam Slimani as they look to pull off a deadline day swoop, according to a club insider.
Twitter account ExWHUemployee, who have established themselves as a reputable source of inside information on the Hammers, has claimed that the east London club have made several offers for players in a bid for their capture before Wednesday’s transfer deadline, with the Algerian forward among those.
I thought Cheik was brilliant today! Noble and Mario worthy of mentions as well. Just heard Antonio news (doesn’t surprise me) and heard we have submitted a number of offers for players after the game! Including Leicester’s Slimani. I will try my best (around work) to update
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) January 30, 2018
The 29-year-old, who has 55 caps and 26 goals for his country, has been utilised intermittently this season by the Foxes, with five goals coming in his 17 appearances, although just seven of those came in the starting XI, and he has a total of 13 strikes in 46 outings since arriving in England’s top flight.
The Hammers have suffered something of an injury crisis up front just prior to the end of January, with Andy Carroll, Marko Arnautovic, Manuel Lanzini and Andre Ayew on the sidelines.
Football Insider verdict
With the lack of attacking options up front, it should come as no surprise that manager David Moyes is looking to bolster his attack, but a move for Slimani shows real intent from West Ham. He will no doubt be seeking a regular starting role after being frustrated sitting behind Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki at Leicester, but it should be questioned whether he would get what he wants were he to join the Hammers. Apart from Carroll, all the injuries mentioned are short to medium term layoffs, meaning that there will be increased competition from a host of senior players all vying for one, or possibly two roles in the starting XI.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club have tabled a bid worth £16million to secure a top flight enforcer.