Tottenham Hotspur have been offered the chance to sign Islam Slimani this summer by Leicester City, according to reports.
ESPN is reporting that the Algerian striker will be moved on by the Foxes this summer and Tottenham were asked if they would be interested in his signature.
The report does not detail whether Spurs would be keen on the player but manager Jose Mourinho has certainly spoken of his respect for the player in the past.
Slimani truly came to the world’s attention during the 2014 World Cup and Mourinho was one of those impressed by the striker’s performances for the Desert Foxes.
“The striker, Slimani, I know very well because he played in Portugal this season,” Mourinho told Yahoo Eurosport in 2014, as relayed by HITC. “He’s a very aggressive striker. He likes to score goals. He’s fast, as you saw with his goal, but at the same time, he’s very strong in the air. Just solid all-round.”
Those attributes certainly sound like the ones that appeal to Mourinho when it comes to a striker. Didier Drogba, Diego Costa, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Diego Milito. All of them were bruising combatants and Slimani is of a similar ilk.
Of course, this is not the Slimani who terrorised eventual winners Germany at the World Cup six years ago.
The 32-year-old has struggled at Leicester City and on loan spells with Newcastle United and Fenerbahce.
But his nine goals and seven assists in 19 games for Monaco this season suggests there is still a striker who can do a job for a manager like Mourinho, especially as a back-up option to starting striker Harry Kane.
Perhaps this is not so far-fetched a transfer possibility as it first appears.