NEWCASTLE reportedly need to signal Islam Slimani.
Leicester’s file £30million signing might turn out to be the highest-profile casualty of Claude Puel’s French revolution – with a January transfer on the playing cards.
And Toon boss Rafa Benitez is claimed to be one among Slimani’s suitors.
Though the Spaniard’s hopes of touchdown the striker seem to hinge on whether or not Amanda Staveley’s CP Capital Companions full a takeover.
That will carry Benitez’s price range as much as a reported £40m.
And whereas he can have money to spend in any case, it’s unlikely to be sufficient to bag Slimani if the takeover falls by way of.
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Watford, West Brom, Stoke and Slimani’s former membership Sporting Lisbon are additionally preserving tabs on his present scenario.
Algerian worldwide Slimani has performed simply 10 minutes since Puel changed Craig Shakespeare on the King Energy and hasn’t even made the match-day squad for the Foxes’ final 5 video games.
Puel’s most well-liked choice, since taking cost, has been to play with one out-and-out-striker, with three speedy raiders taking part in off the entrance.
Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Shinji Okazaki have all hit purple patches and with Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa and Leo Ulloa additionally battling for valuable game-time, Slimani’s future seems bleak.
Final week, Puel mentioned: “He was on the bench for my first recreation and he’s within the squad this weekend.
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“He supplies the identical choice as Ulloa who has labored arduous in coaching classes.
“I feel Slimani can also be working very nicely in coaching now. However it’s all the time tough for me to make assurances with a lot competitors between the gamers.
“I can not say but what is going to occur within the switch window however it’s tough for me and the workers to handle all these gamers for a similar place.”