Newcastle United have agreed to terms of a £2million loan fee to secure the services of Islam Sliamni from Leicester City until the end of the season, according to a report.
The Northern Echo claim on their website that the Magpies secured the seven-figure deal with the Foxes during the January transfer window, arriving at St James’ Park with 13 matches left to play before the end of the season.
However, after joining with a thigh injury and missing the first two games of his Newcastle career, in addition to being ineligible for the clash against his parent side later in the campaign, Slimani will now have the chance to appear in just 10 matches for his loan side, working out at a fee of £200,000-per-game if he turns out in all of them.
Manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed that he held long term interest in the 29-year-old’s career, including during his time in Portugal with Sporting, and says his experience and talent in front of goal will be a huge asset for the Magpies between now and the end of the season.
He told the Northern Echo: “For Leicester to have paid so much money for him tells you something.
“I’ve watched him for a long time both in this country and in Portugal and he’s a strong player who is good in the air and just as importantly he knows the Premier League.
“He makes good runs and he’s got a bit of everything to his game which will help us.”
During the first half of the season Slimani found himself behind the likes of Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki in the fight for a starting role at the King Power Stadium, managing to make 17 appearances and scoring five goals across all competitions.
However, only 12 of those outings came in the Premier League, two as a starter, and he has managed to net just one top flight goal during the current campaign, with a total of eight under his belt.
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