West Ham go head-to-head with PL rivals for Leicester 28-year-old (not Benalouane) - report
By Will Butcher
West Ham are set to rival West Brom for the signature of Leicester City striker Islam Slimani in the summer transfer window, according to a report.
African outlet Africa Top Sports claim the Algeria international is interesting Slaven Bilic’s Hammers, as the Croat manager looks to bolster the Hammers options in the final third.
It is believed that 28-year-old Slimani is also a target for West Brom, who attempted to sign the former Sporting Lisbon star for £21million in the summer before he signed for the Foxes.
Slimani has shown in glimpses what he is capable of for Craig Shakespeare’s side this season, scoring eight goals and laying on four assists during his 25 league and cup encounters.
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However, Leicester’s number 19 has had to compete with the likes of Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki for a place in the Foxes’ starting line-up and could now be tempted to jump ship.
The Hammers ave been crying out for a new striker, and will continue to do so this summer after Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew all endured long-term injuries this season.
Football Insider verdict:
Slimani has proven that he knows how to find the back of the net in England’s top tier, and would slot straight into the Hammers’ style of play as he is renowned for his aerial prowess and ability to bring others into play, as well as finding the net himself. A very similar player to target man Carroll, Slimani would be a top signing should Bilic decide to make him a summer transfer priority. However, with more than four years remaining on his contract at the King Power Stadium and only a year after his £25million move to Leicester, the Hammers would have to spend a huge amount of money to tempt Leicester into selling and could undoubtedly find a cheaper alternative elsewhere.
In other West Ham transfer news, Bilic is to re-enter the transfer market to sign this Ligue 1 attacker who is soon to be available on a free transfer.