Leicester City linked with World Cup star striker

Leicester City are reportedly taking an interest in Algerian striker Islam Slimani who enjoyed a very promising World Cup.

A World Cup always brings us the delights of finding new talents that may have been unheard of prior to their shining performances in the competition. This year has been no different with players such as Keylor Navas and Enner Valencia coming to prominence and then being linked with moves.

Valencia has moved to the Premier League and another World Cup star could be following him there. Leicester City are reportedly taking a look at Islam Slimani who was Algeria's star player in the World Cup. The African side came through Group H behind Belgium and ahead of South Korea and Russia before narrowly losing to Germany.

Slimani who plays for Sporting Lisbon scored two goals in the World Cup but his performances showed that he is a constant threat for the opposition's defence. Despite playing up front on his own for the majority of the time his endless running and energy was forever causing problems. The Daily Mail believes he would cost Leicester City £7 million.

The 26-year-old joined Sporting Lisbon at the start of last season from CR Belouizdad and went on to score eight goals in 28 games. He found himself becoming a bit of a 'super sub' and he found the net in some important games including scoring the winner against FC Porto.

Last season was his only year outside of Algeria and it would be a big step up to then play in the Premier League. However if the World Cup is anything to go by he won't find it a daunting prospect.

Nigel Pearson has yet to buy a striker this summer to help the likes of David Nugent, Jamie Vardy and Chris Wood. The Foxes are in talks with Brighton & Hove Albion about the transfer of Leonardo Ulloa and that could go through this week for around £7 million.


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