ESPN have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur have been offered the chance to sign Leicester City veteran Islam Slimani this summer, after initially being linked with the Algerian in the January transfer window.
Slimani, 32, is surplus to requirements at Leicester but enjoyed a profitable spell at French side Monaco last season – scoring nine goals and creating seven more in just 19 appearances in all competitions.
His form in France was curtailed, though, as the French government decided to suspend football until September. He has entered the final 12 months of his contract with Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester side.
The Daily Telegraph claimed in January that Spurs were considering the former Sporting Lisbon powerhouse, who cost Leicester a whopping £29million (BBC) in 2016. Now, Spurs have been offered the chance to sign him again.
TBR’s view – Slimani could be a cheap, short-term alternative
Tottenham need a striker and while Slimani is unlikely to be Jose Mourinho’s first-choice when it comes to adding a forward this summer, he could be just what Spurs need – with his confidence restored after a solid season.
Spotrac do claim that Slimani is earning a whopping £80,000 a week – an expensive contract for a striker that has netted just eight goals in 39 Premier League games. But his strength and aerial ability makes him the ideal plan B.