Leicester win race for forward after £30m fee agreed - Sky journalist
By Dominic Toner
Leicester have agreed a deal to sign Islam Slimani, according to a report.
Sky Sports transfer expert Kaveh Solhekol revealed via his personal Twitter account that the Premier League champions have agreed a £30million deal with Sporting Lisbon for the 28-year-old forward.
Sky Sports reported on Tuesday morning that a £25million deal had been rejected by Sporting but they have now been able to negotiate a deal worth an extra £5million.
Sporting Lisbon agree deal to sell striker Islam Slimani to Leicester City. Fee £30m. Also sold Joao Mario on Sunday for £38m to Inter
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 30, 2016
Slimani was previously linked with Everton by Portuguese sports newspaper A Bola and had a bid of £25.8million rejected earlier this month.
The forward is is under contract with the Portuguese giants until 2020 but looks set to have played his last game for the club.
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He has only ever played in his home league Algeria and in the Portuguese league but is now set for his first taste of Premier League football at the champions Leicester.
Slimani is well known for his pace and lethal finishing and has drawn comparisons with Jamie Vardy.
He 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 Algeria.
The highly rated forward joined Sporting in 2013 and he has since notched up 57 goals in three seasons.
In other Everton transfer news, they are eyeing a deadline day bid for a defender after failing with a £18million move earlier this summer.