Tottenham are scouting in Portugal, so should they make a move for Sporting’s Islam Slimani?

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Islam Slimani has been linked with a transfer to the Premier League side West Ham in the past, and Tottenham Hotspur could be the perfect club for him.

The Algerian international was a hot property over the summer, with his World Cup campaign doing much to increase his already growing reputation.

Having signed for Portuguese club Sporting in the summer of 2013, the 26-year-old enjoyed a strong spell of form in his debut season, winning the award as best Algerian footballer of the calendar year for 2013. 26 games brought a return of eight goals, and although he started as something of a super-sub for Sporting, his goalscoring form was rewarded with a starting role, and he has since become the Portuguese club’s leading man.

This season has seen seven goals in just 12 league fixtures - as well as two in six Champions League games - and his form should really see the interest in Slimani come to the fore once again.

He was linked by the Mirror with a move to West Ham over the summer, and Slimani himself confirmed in the recent days that an offer was put to him regarding a switch to the Boleyn Ground, although he admitted he had no intention of leaving back then. His future is still uncertain, and, with a report in A Bola outlining that Tottenham were scouting Sporting’s game with Braga on Sunday - a game in which Slimani did not actually feature in - Spurs could do much worse than attempt to sign the Algerian forward.

Unlike the static play of Roberto Soldado - who is likely to leave White Hart Lane soon - Slimani represents a continuation of the style of Harry Kane, which has proven to be such a success in Mauricio Pochettino’s system. He frequently drops deep into the midfield third to win the ball, and he possesses a drive and desire to charge forward at every opportunity, such as that shown by Kane.

There is no doubt about his finishing, and his work rate has been praised, something that is a huge requirement to work under Pochettino. Also able to play in the attacking midfield positions, Slimani’s inclusion would create an almost fluid front five, with the likes of Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela, Nacer Chadli and Kane himself all able to switch positions as the main goalscorer - bringing an even more ‘Total Football’ style of play to North London.

With his contract not expiring until the summer of 2017, Slimani will not come cheap, but, as the previously linked report indicates, he has already admitted that a new challenge could tempt him in the future. Whilst West Ham could have been considered a step down when thinking about moving to England, Spurs are a club with serious aspirations about securing a top four finish in the Premier League, and Slimani could prove to be the added ingredient that takes the North London club one step further - winning the league championship.

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