Report: Tottenham Hotspur willing to pay release clause for Algerian striker Islam Slimani

The Sporting Lisbon striker is also wanted by Leicester City.

Tottenham Hotspur have fell short in their hunt for the Premier League title and could still finish third to local rivals Arsenal if results do not go their way this weekend.

One key reason behind their inability to finish as league winners was their lack of options in the striker department.

Clinton N’Jie and Heung-min Son are both striking options but predominantly wingers who have both had their injury problems this term.

Harry Kane has therefore been the only real option up front throughout the season, so a striker will be on the transfer shortlist for Mauricio Pochettino this summer.

Portuguese source A Bola is now reporting that Tottenham are ready to follow up on their long-touted interest in Sporting striker Islam Slimani.

They claim that Spurs are willing to pay the €30 million (£23.6 million) release clause to bring him in from the Lisbon side this summer.

Leicester City are also keen on the player but A Bola reports Tottenham are willing to stump up the cash and are Slimani’s favoured destination.

Algerian international Slimani has been in great form this season, scoring 31 goals in 41 appearances and is a hard working centre-forward who would fit in to Pochettino’s style of play perfectly.

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