Leicester City expect Newcastle United to bid for Islam Slimani in January

Leicester City's Algerian striker Islam Slimani (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring their second goal during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Leicester...

Newcastle United have made enquiries about Leicester City striker Islam Slimani in recent times.

Leicester City's Algerian striker Islam Slimani (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring their second goal during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Leicester...

According to a report in the Daily Mail, Leicester City are now expecting an offer from Newcastle United for Islam Slimani.

Newcastle have made enquiries over the Algerian international’s availability ahead of the transfer window, and Leicester now believe that Rafael Benitez’s side are going to make an offer.

Newcastle are looking for a striker, as they look to improve their forward options.

Leicester City FC forward Islam Slimani  (L) fights for the ball with West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans  (R) during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between Leicester City FC...

The likes of Dwight Gayle, Joselu and Aleksandar Mitrovic have all struggled for goals at St. James’ Park this season, and Slimani may be seen as an upgrade by Benitez.

Slimani has actually struggled at Leicester ever since he signed back in 2016.

Slimani has seven goals in 33 Premier League appearances, and he has not hit the back of the net at all in the top flight this season.

Islam Slimani of Leicester City celebrates scoring his sides second goal with Demarai Gray of Leicester City during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool...

Slimani has shown his scoring prowess in the League Cup though, where he has netted four times in three games.

Leicester paid £30 million to sign Slimani 18 months ago, according to the Guardian, and it remains to be seen whether Newcastle will have the budget to prise the 29-year-old away from the King Power Stadium.

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