Striker swap deal involving Islam Slimani and Troy Deeney would be ideal solution for Leicester City and Watford

Shinji Okazaki of Leicester City and Islam Slimani of Leicester City look on prior to the Premier League match between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur at The King Power Stadium on...

Both Leicester City and Watford could benefit from swapping the two players.

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 the Watford Observer, the Hornets are lining up a January swoop for Foxes hitman Islam Slimani in January.

The 29-year-old has failed to establish himself as a first-team regular at the King Power Stadium, after making his £30 million switch from Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2016, although it is unclear whether Claude Puel would be willing to sanction his exit.

If Leicester do indeed agree to sell the Algerian, however, they will surely demand a fairly substantial transfer fee, and it is debatable whether Watford could actually afford to bring him to Vicarage Road.

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With this in mind, the Hornets should consider offering Troy Deeney in a straight swap, if they want Slimani badly enough.

A dejected Troy Deeney of Watford applauds the home fans following their team's 1-0 defeat during the Premier League match between Watford and Liverpool at Vicarage Road on May 1, 2017 in...

The 29-year-old's future with Watford is uncertain, after the Telegraph reported earlier this year that Leicester were interested in signing the striker, so a swap deal would seemingly be the ideal solution for both parties, with no money actually changing hands.

Deeney's physical approach to the game would be ideally suited to the manner in which the Foxes play, and his attributes make him the perfect strike partner for Jamie Vardy.

Islam Slimani of Leicester City celebrates scoring his sides second goal with his temmates during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at The King Power...

Slimani, meanwhile, would offer the Hornets a totally different option through the middle, and he would provide them with a fantastic focal point from which to build their attacks.

With the opening of the January window just around the corner, this will certainly be one to keep a close eye on, with both sides keen on doing business this winter.

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