Report: Newcastle make £15.2m bid for Islam Slimani; Sporting CP respond

Newcastle and Everton want to sign Islam Slimani of Sporting CP.

Newcastle have had a £15.2 million (€20m) bid for Islam Slimani rejected, France Football reports.

The Magpies have already brought in one attacker this deadline day, with Seydou Doumbia being confirmed as a Newcastle player, but Steve McClaren wants another striker.

Doumbia is more of a wide man and support striker than a natural forward, and Slimani has been targeted to lead the line for the Tyneside club.

The 27-year-old Algerian international - capped 41 times with a return of 20 goals - currently turns out for Sporting having joined them in 2013.

The forward has 16 goals in 19 league games this term, and has an impressive record of 45 goals in 95 games.

His form has seen him linked with a move to England many times in the past, and the Magpies are attempting to bring him to St James’ Park before the close of the window this evening.

They have submitted a formal approach for him, although their £15.2 million bid was swiftly rejected, as Sporting need to keep ahold of the striker who is vital to their season ending successfully.

Everton made a formal bid for Slimani last week, also reported by France Football. They submitted a £13.7 million offer, which was obviously rejected, and the report indicates that Slimani has a release clause of £23 million.

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