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Marco Silva should line up former favourite Islam Slimani for winter Everton move
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Marco Silva should line up former favourite Islam Slimani for winter Everton move

Everton may have beaten Burnley 5-1 yesterday, but it still only papers over many of the cracks at Goodison Park.

The Toffees still need to bring in some new faces in January. With Cenk Tosun increasingly looking like he is out of the door, a striker is one addition that is likely to be made.

Everton will not be likely to bring in an expensive new recruit in the winter. However, there could be a perfect stop-gap signing out there.

Islam Slimani is currently on loan at Fenerbahce from Leicester City. It is a loan that has not gone well so far and, as reported by The Sun, the Turkish side wants to cancel the deal early in January.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 27: Islam Slimani of Leicester City celebrates as he scores their first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Leicester City FC and FC Porto at The King Power Stadium on September 27, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Whilst the player may want to stay in Istanbul, he may not have a choice in that matter.

So Everton should be snooping.

Marco Silva knows all about Slimani’s talents. He was his manager in the 2014-15 season at Sporting Lisbon. The Algerian scored 15 goals in 33 games that term, one of his most successful seasons.

“I had a conversation with Marco Silva, who was my coach at Sporting, and he was very interested in having me on the team.

“He presented me with a magnificent project, but unfortunately, it did not materialise.”

– Islam Slimani on Watford interest last summer

In fact, when Slimani, who cost Leicester a reported £28 million, considered an exit last summer he held talks with Silva over a reunion at Watford.

But no deal came about. Everton will not want to pay lots of money for the player and he would not be a long-term option. But if he is becoming available on loan again in January he could prove to be a very good recruit.

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