Report: Crystal Palace desperate to sign Islam Slimani, second bid prepared

Algeria Flag at 2010 WC

Crystal Palace are reportedly insistent on signing Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani.

According to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, Crystal Palace will make a second bid for Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani in January.

The Eagles have impressed away from home this season, but sometimes lack the firepower to break teams down at home, even after signing Connor Wickham from Sunderland over the summer.

Manager Alan Pardew is expected to overhaul his striking options in January, with Dwight Gayle, Fraizer Campbell and Patrick Bamford all primed for the chopping block after poor goal returns this season.

A new signing up front appears to be on the cards, and Portuguese newspaper O Jogo believe that Palace are desperate to land Sporting Lisbon's Islam Slimani.

The 27-year-old has hit nine goals in 18 games this season, and has become the focal point of Jorge Jesus' title-contending outfit.

O Jogo state that Sporting rejected a €12.5m (£9m) bid from Palace over the summer, and his release clause is worth €30m (£21.5m), with Sporting digging their heels in over their top striker.

However, it's reported that Palace are desperate to land Slimani and are ready to make a second bid for him in January, with the Algerian international seen as the man who can bring goals to Palace's frontline and fire them to European football.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch