Premier League rivals have £25m bid rejected for prolific Everton striker target – report
By Alex Taylor
Leicester have had a £25million bid for Islam Slimani rejected by Sporting Lisbon, according to Sky Sports.
According to Sky, Slimani is keen on a move to the Premier League champions, but they say that West Brom are also monitoring the player.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 30, 2016
The 28-year-old, who has been previously linked with Everton by Portuguese sports newspaper A Bola, looked set to be on his way to the King Power stadium after Sky reported in a previous tweet that Leicester were in advanced talks for the player.
Leicester in advanced talks with Sporting Lisbon over potential club record deal for strike Islam Slimani #SSNHQ
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 28, 2016
It is unclear whether Leicester will return with an improved offer for Slimani, but the news could leave the door open for Everton to try to complete a deal for the Algerian.
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Slimani netted an incredible 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.
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 £25.6million.
The highly rated forward joined Sporting in 2013 and he has since notched up 57 goals in three seasons.
In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees have submitted a £20.5million bid to Man City for striker Wilfried Bony.