The forward currently turns out for Sporting CP in Portugal, having made the switch from his homeland at the start of last season.
Signing for the club for just €300,000, the 26-year-old has been a revelation, scoring 19 goals and registering nine assists in 50 league appearances for the club. He is a full Algerian international, scoring 14 goals in 34 games for his country, and was a key part of the Fennec Foxes side who performed so admirably at the World Cup.
Due to his form with Sporting, Slimani has been growing in reputation across Europe in the past year, and earlier this season he revealed that West Ham had made an approach for his services in the summer. Speaking to A Bola in Portugal, the forward confirmed that he rejected the move to England to keep up stability in his career, although he did not rule out leaving for greener pastures at the end of the current campaign.
West Ham have since not followed up that offer with further interest, but Record claimed in January that their London Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur were tracking him ahead of a January move. There is no indication that an offer was submitted for Slimani, but a new report has formalised the interest from Spurs, with O Jogo confirming that the North Londoners are preparing a €20 million offer for the striker, as they search for a replacement for Emanuel Adebayor, who is likely to leave the club at the end of this season.
Would Islam Slimani be a good signing for Spurs?
When the initial interest was reported, I wrote an article arguing why Slimani would be a great signing for Spurs, and I hold by that view at this current moment. Despite struggling with injury this season, the forward still has seven goals and four assists in 12 games, and his style of play would fit right in with the system Mauricio Pochettino has incorporated at White Hart Lane.
He is a highly energetic striker who is willing to drop deep to collect the ball, and has experience of playing a high pressing system where he is required to defend from the front line. He is also a consistent goalscorer, and, rather than just being an Adebayor replacement, he could arguably become Tottenham’s first-choice striker ahead of Harry Kane.