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30th Aug, 2016 | 9:52am

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.

Sky Sports reported the news via their Twitter feed on Tuesday morning, with a report that added the Portuguese club want £34million for their prolific striker.

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.

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.

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.