West Ham ‘leading race’ for Islam Slimani, negotiations already underway

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West Ham United are leading the race to sign Leicester City striker Islam Slimani on transfer deadline day, with the Hammers already conducting negotiations with the Algerian’s representatives, according to The Daily Mail.

 

The London club are free to concentrate on potential new arrivals on Wednesday after David Moyes’ men played out a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.

While West Ham’s priorities appear to be a new defender and central midfielder, there is certainly room for an attacking arrival given the club’s perilous injury situation.

The likes of Andre Ayew, Marko Arnautovic, Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll all sat out the clash against Palace, leaving Moyes short of options in attack.

The Daily Mail state that Leicester are open to selling Slimani on deadline day, with the former Sporting Lisbon man a fringe figure at the King Power Stadium.

The newspaper suggest that Newcastle United are also interested in the African number nine, but West Ham are in the driving seat to get a permanent deal for the striker over the line.

As yet the Hammers have only added Joao Mario to Moyes’ squad and the fans have been frustrated by the lack of confirmed business the club have conducted.

Signing Slimani would certainly provide a proven replacement for Diafra Sakho and give West Ham an extra international option in attack.

 

 

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