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Report: Leicester eyeing 'outstanding' £19k-a-week striker as potential Islam Slimani replacement

Leicester City are reportedly exploring the idea of signing a new striker as Islam Slimani prepares to leave the King Power Stadium, and Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard is thought to be high up on the Foxes’ wishlist, according to the Daily Mail.

Slimani is out of contract in the summer and, as he’s surplus to Brendan Rodgers’ requirements, Leicester have seemingly agreed to let him go this month, the 32-year-old said to be set for a medical at French outfit Lyon today.

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The Algeria international joined Leicester for £28million in 2016 but, despite a promising start, found himself loaned out to Newcastle United, Fenerbahce and Monaco, with his only appearance this season coming as a substitute in October’s loss to Aston Villa.

According to the Daily Mail, the Foxes could offset Slimani’s departure by rekindling their interest in Edouard, a player who joined the Scottish Premiership side on Rodgers’ watch and was linked with the 2016 Premier League champions last year.

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The 22-year-old joined Celtic permanently in the summer of 2018 for a club record £9million and has made 151 competitive appearances for the Bhoys, registering an impressive 72 goals and 35 assists, with 11 goals and four assists from 23 games this term.

His contract, reportedly worth £19,000-a-week, runs until the summer of 2022, and Celtic are believed to value their talisman at £40million.

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Celtic’s record signing, an “outstanding, talented player” in Neil Lennon’s words, has been superb since his £9million move to Parkhead, and surely it’s now only a matter of time before he ups sticks and heads to one of Europe’s elite clubs.

With the Hoops all-but out of the Scottish Premiership race, out of Europe and out of the Scottish League Cup, there’s only the Scottish League Cup to fight for now – surely it’s time for him to set off on a new challenge?

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