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Tottenham should regret missing out on reported January target Islam Slimani

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Tottenham should regret missing out on reported January target Islam Slimani

Tottenham opted against signing a striker in the January transfer window and that’s a decision now that they should massively regret.

They decided not to sign a replacement for injured star Harry Kane during the month, which was an error that was magnified when Heung-Min Son also suffered an injury problem in February.

Jose Mourinho’s side were left with no available recognised striker, which has played a part in them being dumped out of the Champions League and FA Cup, plus dropping down to eighth in the Premier League table.

One man that was linked with Spurs in January was Leicester City’s Islam Slimani, who looks like he would have been worth the risk.

The 31-year-old is spending this campaign out on loan with French side Monaco, but a switch of clubs was reportedly mooted in January.


RMC Sport claimed in January that both Spurs and Manchester United were eyeing a possible move for the Algeria international to prove a fresh option in attack.

But Foot Mercato reported on the penultimate day of the January window that Spurs decided against a move for Slimani due to a £2.1million compensation fee that was needed.

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Slimani may not have been a long-term solution for Spurs, but would have added extra depth to a squad that was already looking short at the time and with hindsight it’s clear that they needed another option in attack.

His record for Monaco this season is decent too, with nine goals and seven assists in just 19 appearances for them.

Mourinho’s team missed a trick with the Leicester frontman and only need to look over at Manchester United to see why they should have signed him.

Manchester United took a punt on 30-year-old Odion Ighalo in January, who has hit the ground running with four goals in just eight games.

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