David Moyes admits he thought West Ham had signed Islam Slimani

A dejected looking David Moyes manager of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Crystal Palace at London Stadium on January 30, 2018 in London,...

Islam Slimani joined Newcastle United on loan from Leicester City on January transfer deadline day.

A dejected looking David Moyes manager of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Crystal Palace at London Stadium on January 30, 2018 in London,...

West Ham United manager David Moyes has told Sky Sports that he thought that the club had signed Islam Slimani before his move from Leicester City to Newcastle United in the January transfer window.

Newcastle signed Slimani from Premier League rivals Leicester on loan on January transfer deadline day.

The 29-year-old Algeria international striker will remain at the Magpies until the end of the season.

David Moyes, Manager of Sunderland looks on during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on May 21, 2017 in London, England.

West Ham manager Moyes has revealed that he thought that he had signed Slimani, who joined Leicester from Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2016 for a transfer fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £29 million.

"Slimani was agreed on Tuesday night and it didn't come off on Wednesday. I only woke up on Wednesday to be told that it wasn't going to happen," Moyes told Sky Sports.

Leicester City's Algerian striker Islam Slimani (L) heads the ball from Huddersfield Town's Danish defender Mathias Jorgensen during the English Premier League football match between...

Missed opportunity?

Slimani struggled to make an impact at Leicester this season, although there is no doubt that he is a quality striker with a lot of experience.

The Algerian would have been a good signing, especially on loan, and West Ham’s loss is Newcastle’s gain.

The signing of the 29-year-old striker has enhanced the Magpies’ chances of escaping the drop to the Championship at the end of the season.

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