Islam Slimani signed for Leicester City for a huge £30m fee in the summer of 2016. It was seen as a real statement of intent from the East Midlands side, who were looking to build on their extraordinary title success from the previous season. The Algerian forward has never really caught fire for the Foxes though, and he looks set to be sold in January.
Talksport are reporting that Crystal Palace are looking to sign the tall, powerful striker to boost their forward line.
It would be a logical signing for the Londoners, who have struggled badly up front this season, the problem exacerbated by the long-term injury to Christian Benteke. Could Slimani finally have some real success in England, given a second chance?
Slimani has excelled in the Carabao Cup this season, scoring four times for his club as they have navigated their way safely to the Quarter-Finals. However, he has only started one league game, against Chelsea, and is cutting a frustrated figure on the sidelines. Slimani needs to be starting games while he is at the peak of his career, and he would expect Palace to provide that option.
Palace have genuine wingers like Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha in their squad, and they could complement Slimani’s skills with their direct running and crossing. The issue would be Benteke’s return from injury. Most Premier League sides only start with one striker and even if Palace did consider playing two up top, Benteke and Slimani are arguably too similar in style to form a fruitful partnership.
The fee could be an issue for the Eagles, as Leicester won’t want to lose too much from their original investment. Would Palace be prepared to spend north of £20m to land their man? If he is able to help the club stave off relegation, they will certainly consider it money well spent.