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Newcastle reportedly keen on 27-goals-in-33-games striker ahead of January transfer window

Slimani

As per French newspaper L’Expression, Leicester City striker Islam Slimani wants to leave the King Power Stadium in January having failed to establish himself in the side’s starting XI since arriving from Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2016.

Having expressed interest in landing the Algeria international during the summer transfer window, Newcastle are keen to return for the forward again come winter.

Slimani’s £30million asking price dissuaded the Toons from attempting to lure him to Saint James’ Park months ago, but a significant drop in his market value is certain by January.

The 29-year-old has started just a Premier League game this term, coming off the bench on 5 other occasions.

Slimani is yet to add to the 7 league goals he registered in 23 appearances last term, but he undoubtedly remains a talented finisher considering he bagged 27 goals in 33 Primeira Liga 2 campaigns ago.

Newcastle could do with his quality given their struggles in the final third this term, and he sure can have a starting berth to himself considering the crop of strikers available to manager Rafa Benitez.