According to reports in the Sun, high-flying Watford are preparing to make a loan bid for Leicester striker Islam Slimani when the transfer window reopens in January.
Slimani, who is the Foxes record signing at £29 million, has found opportunities at the King Power stadium hard to come by this season which is why Marco Silva wants to revive his Premier League career at Watford and boost his attacking options ahead of an unlikely push for a European challenge. Hornet’s boss Marco Silva worked with Slimani while at Sporting Lisbon before his move to the Foxes and would seem that he is keen to work with the Algerian international again.
Watford are seemingly reluctant to pay the outright fee for the striker and see a loan option as the more viable solution to cast their opinion on how to striker would fit in at his potential new club. The Hornets have their fair share of striking options themselves with Andre Gray, Troy Deeney, Issac Success and Stefano Okaka in their ranks however despite their great start to the season, only 5 goals have been scored between the forwards; this has prompted Marco Silva to turn to the former Sporting Lisbon star.
Since his move to Leicester 15 months ago, Islam Slimani has found the back of the net 12 times in 40 appearances in his time there. This season, all of his 4 goals have come in the Carabao cup in which Leicester have progressed to the Quarter Finals. His cup form however has failed to land him a regular Premier League place, featuring 9 times this season without finding the net has forced him down the pecking order behind striker Jamie Vardy, Shinji Okazaki and Kelechi Iheanacho.
A change of scenery could be exactly what Slimani needs. Maybe Silva can help the Algerian striker find his form from his time in Portugal where he had a great goal scoring record and show the British public his quality and validate his price tag.