£10m West Ham, Newcastle and Palace target 'expects' to remain in Portugal

Algerian striker Islam Slimani does not see himself leaving Sporting Lisbon, but admits football is unpredictable and could still make a move.

Algeria were one of the surprise packages at this summer's World Cup, with several of their players catching the eyes of admirers across the continent.

One such player is striker Islam Slimani - who put in several decent displays in Brazil. The attacker is currently with Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon, who he joined from CR Belouizdad last summer.

The 26-year-old has emerged as a transfer target for several Premier League clubs this month. Leicester City were heavily linked with a £10 million move for the player - but Nigel Pearson appeared to rule them out of the running for his signature this week.

That being said the likes of Newcastle United, West Ham and Crystal Palace have also been linked with his signature - despite all interested teams apparently being thrown off by the £10 million price-tag.

Now Slimani has spoken about his future at Sporting, suggesting he is happy to stay, but that he cannot be sure he will:

"All goes well, after a few days of rest and well deserved. Now, it is time to work. I expect a full season at my club. I think I have recovered well and I hope the effort and enjoy the pre-season to the start of the new season. Honestly, I will continue to work at my club and let my agent handle this situation. At Sporting I lack nothing. I started working hard to recover physically, because rest does not interest me, but it is true that in football we never know anything for sure. "

Slimani therefore seems happy to stay with his current club and at £10 million it is hard to see any team taking the risk on his services.

Slimani looks likely to remain at Lisbon, even he himself cannot yet confirm that is the case.

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