REPORT: Palace Lining Up A January Move For £28 Million Striker

0 Posted by - November 2, 2017 - Daily Thoughts, News

For a year or two following Palace’s promotion to the Premier League back in 2013, it felt as though we were linked with a move for Algerian striker Islam Slimani in each and every transfer window and now, it seems he’s back on our radar ahead of the New Year sales.


Having been brought in at great expense by Claudio Ranieri following the Foxes’ miraculous title-winning heroics back in 2016, the hope was that he would dovetail perfectly with the more diminutive Jamie Vardy to create a lethal little and large partnership at the head of the side; sadly that understanding simply hasn’t materialised.

The Algerian international moved to the King Power with quite the reputation, having netted a ridiculously good 57 goals in 109 appearances for Portuguese giants Sporting CP. Standing at an imposing 6’1, it was the big man’s prolific goal scoring form which first alerted the Eagles to his presence too but for some reason, he’s just not been able to replicate that sort of performance on these shores.

With Hodgson’s men struggling badly for goals whilst both Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham remain sidelined, it stands to reason that they’d be interested in taking Slimani off Leicester’s hands but with relegation still looking like a real possibility, the size of the potential transfer fee will no doubt have a huge bearing on our interest in securing a deal between now and January.

With a record of 11 goals in 36 games since moving to the Midlands, Slimani was almost certainly hoping for a show of faith from new boss Claude Puel but after being left on the bench for the entirety of their 2-0 victory over Everton last Sunday, it wouldn’t surprise me if his patience was wearing thin. Luckily for us and any other potential suitors, he doesn’t appear to have publicly thrown any toys out of the pram just yet but after making the move to England in the hope of enhancing his reputation, it’s looking more and more likely that he’ll have to leave Leicester if he still wishes to do so.

Watch this space.

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  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh November 3, 2017 - 8:38 am Reply

    I’d quite like to sign Okaka from Watford, good enough to start in an injury crisis but won;t mind being second fiddle to Benteke and Wickham when they return.

    • admin November 3, 2017 - 9:30 am Reply

      Get out of here with your incredibly sensible suggestions, JFB. Nobody’s got time for that!

  • Eric The Ninja November 3, 2017 - 3:00 pm Reply

    We can’t be paying these sort of January prices for a couple of players in the window, hoping to bail ourselves out again like last year. We’d be better off starting Lokillo and maybe Kakai out wide and leaving Townsend and Zaha up front than splashing out 25 mil or more on Tosun or Slimani. We need a defender, or two, maybe try and loan in an attacker or two. If we go down with 60 mils worth of strikers on the books the financial consequences would be disastrous. And we’d still need a defender.

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