Newcastle United have beaten West Ham to the loan signing of Leicester City striker Islam Slimani after terms were agreed between the two sides, according to Sky Sports.
The broadcaster claim on the live transfer blog (31/01, 10:55) on their website that the Magpies have held negotiations with their Premier League rivals and are set to secure a deal until the end of the season for the Algerian international.
It is said that both West Ham and French side Monaco were in for the experienced forward’s signing, but that Rafael Benitez’s side have pipped them on transfer deadline day.
The 29-year-old has made 17 appearances across all competitions this season for the Foxes, scoring five goals, while he has 55 caps and 26 strikes to his name for his country.
The Magpies currently have Dwight Gayle, Joselu and Aleksandar Mitrovic as their options up front, with the trio struggling to net the goals needed to fire the Magpies to Premier League safety.
Football Insider verdict
After years of disappointment on transfer deadline days, it appears as though the Toon Army may well have something to cheer before midnight on Wednesday. Slimani is not the prolific goalscorer they may have wanted but at least he will not need time to settle into the league after a year-and-a-half in England after signing from Portugal. What does this mean for the rest of the day? Newcastle may well push for another late swoop if finances allow, while there could also be a departure or two out of the doors at St James’ Park which would free up room for new arrivals.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, the Magpies have agreed a deal with a top-three side for the loan exit of a top talent.