Report: Newcastle beat off Euro giants and rivals in January international transfer hunt
Newcastle United beat off the likes of Italian giants Roma as well as Premier League rivals West Ham and Southampton in order to secure the loan signing of Leicester City’s Islam Slimani, according to a report.
Algerian publication Le Buteur claim on their website that the Magpies held off competition from a handful of sides to snap up a temporary deal for the Foxes’ striker, with Roma said to be eyeing up the 29-year-old as a replacement for potential departing striker Edin Dzeko.
It is claimed that the Serie A side offered Leicester a tempting transfer deal for the 55-cap international, but the failure to sell Dzeko meant it did not go through, while Newcastle beat Southampton and West Ham to his capture on loan after all three reportedly tabled bids with a phone call from manager Rafael Benitez said to be the deciding factor.
Football Insider verdict
Despite their lowly position at the bottom of the Premier League table, Slimani’s capture shows the pulling power that Newcastle have under Benitez, and it would be an absolute travesty were he to leave the club. The Magpies will always struggle to convince top stars to arrive at St James’ Park as a result of their unwillingness to spend money as well as the geographical location of the club, with Manchester and London much more attractive options, especially for foreign players. Still, Slimani is as yet unproven in England’s top flight and the club will be hoping to see him firing on all cylinders in order to score the goals needed to secure Premier League safety.
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