Report: Crystal Palace bid for Islam Slimani striker rejected, London rivals lurking

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Crystal Palace have reportedly failed in a bid to sign Sporting Lisbon star Islam Slimani.

According to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, Sporting Lisbon have rejected a bid from Crystal Palace for striker Islam Slimani, who continues to attract interest from Tottenham and West Ham.

The Eagles snapped up Connor Wickham from Sunderland over the summer, and even signed Patrick Bamford on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea, but goals remain an in issue for Alan Pardew's men.

With the January transfer window drawing ever closer, Pardew could look for another striker - and it seems that Slimani has become a top target for the Eagles.

Portuguese newspaper O Jogo report that Sporting Lisbon have rejected a €12.5m (£8.8m) bid from Palace for Algerian international Slimani, after a blistering start to the season.

With eight goals in 12 games this term, the 27-year-old has been in superb form, but Sporting are determined to hold out for a fee in the region of €20m (£14m) before selling Slimani.

It's also stated that Palace aren't the only London club tracking Slimani ahead of the January transfer window, with Tottenham and West Ham United also credited with an interest in his signature.

Slimani's exploits in Portugal are making him a valuable commodity, and Palace could now rival Spurs and West Ham for Slimani in a bold statement of intent from Pardew and the Eagles.

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