West Ham now reportedly want €8m striker in permanent deal

Algeria Flag at 2010 WC

West Ham United have been linked with a move for Sporting Lisbon front-man Islam Slimani.

West Ham United are interested in signing striker Islam Slimani in a permanent deal this summer according to reports.

Portuguese newspaper O Jogo claims the Hammers held exploratory talks with Slimani's current club Sporting Lisbon back in December, when a potential loan move was mooted.  And while that failed to materialise, the latest claim is that the London club will return with a bid that could see them sign the Algerian on a permanent basis.

Slimani is currently on World Cup duty with his country, where he has so far appeared as a second-half substitute in Algeria's opening match against Belgium.  But it is his form for his club side that may have caught the eye, as he helped Sporting to a second-place finish in the Primeira Liga last season.

The 26-year-old scored eight league goals in 26 appearances and set up four more, and while that is not exactly headline-inducing form, he could add something to a Hammers front-line in desperate need of additions.

  Goals Goal AssistsMinutes per goalAppsMins
Islam Slimani 8 4 140 26 1,118

The latest report claims West Ham know they will have to pay at least €8million for the player whose current contract runs until the summer of 2017.

Hammers fans keen to see him in action may be watching Sunday's match between Algeria and South Korea hoping Slimani gets more than 25 minutes to show what he can do this time.

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