Report: West Brom make club-record bid for Islam Slimani, still £5m away from asking price

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West Bromwich Albion are looking to snap up Sporting striker Islam Slimani.

Sporting's Islam Slimani celebrates his goal against Braga.Sporting's Islam Slimani celebrates his goal against Braga

According to the Daily Mail, West Bromwich Albion have made a whopping £21m bid for Sporting striker Islam Slimani - but the Portuguese club want £26m.

The Baggies have been one of the quietest Premier League teams in the transfer market this summer, with manager Tony Pulis only able to bring in winger Matt Phillips from Queens Park Rangers.

Sporting's Islam Slimani controls the ball against Moreirense.Sporting's Islam Slimani controls the ball against Moreirense

Fans have been frustrated with the lack of activity, but it didn't hinder the Baggies on Saturday afternoon as they opened their season with a 1-0 away win over Crystal Palace.

With just over two weeks until the transfer deadline, West Brom now want to boost their attacking options - and the Daily Mail claim that a huge bid has been submitted for Sporting hitman Islam Slimani.

Sporting's Islam Slimani celebrates his goal against Pazos FerreiraSporting's Islam Slimani celebrates his goal against Pacos Ferreira

It's claimed that West Brom have offered £21m for Slimani; a deal that would shatter the club's transfer record, which was set last summer with a deal for Saturday's matchwinner Salomon Rondon.

However, the report adds that whilst the offer is record-breaking for West Brom, it may not be enough to seal a deal as Sporting have allegedly set a £26m asking price for the Algerian goal machine.

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Slimani smashed a stunning 31 goals last season, building on ten and 15-goal goal campaigns in the two seasons prior - and his exploits in Portugal have unsurprisingly triggered interest in his signature.

With questions over the future of Sadio Berahino, West Brom certainly need another striker, and it appears that Pulis has identified Slimani as the man he wants, but whether he is willing to meet Sporting's £26m asking price remains to be seen.

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