Crystal Palace will reportedly make a bid of £10million in an attempt to sign Sporting Lisbon's Islam Slimani.
Crystal Palace are prepared to pay £10million for reported West Ham United target Islam Slimani according to reports in Algeria and Portugal.
Slimani scored two goals for Algeria this summer, and shone with his direct running and intelligent forward-play. And following an impressive campaign with last season’s Primeira Liga surprise package Sporting Lisbon, reports suggested the 26-year-old could be on his way.
West Ham were reportedly in the box-seat for his signature as they attempted to move permanently for a player they had last been tipped to bring in on loan back in January.
But now a whole host of clubs are said to be interested, including sides from Germany and Spain. And it could be this increased interest that has prompted Tony Pulis into a move.
Slimani scored 10 goals for Sporting last season and set up another four. And his emergence this summer suggests he could be a very effective signing for a Premier League side.
Sporting had reportedly rated the player at around €8million, but that has since risen to a reported €12.6million – a fee Palace are reportedly ready to pay.
If that proves to be true, the only remaining question is whether West Ham – or anyone else for that matter – opts to do the same.