Islam Slimani would take Southampton to another level, Ralph Hasenhüttl must act fast

Islam Slimani of Fenerbahce SK during the Turkish Spor Toto Super Lig match Fenerbahce AS and Buyuksehir Belediye Erzurumspor at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium on December 17, 2018 in...

The Leicester City owned ace would be a useful addition for Southampton.

Ralph Hasenhuttl of Southampton during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Southampton FC at Stamford Bridge on January 02, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhüttl will be desperate to add an established goalscorer to his ranks at St Mary's this month, having sold Manolo Gabbiadini earlier on during the transfer window.

The Saints have made great strides under the guidance of the Austrian, but they are far from safe from the threat of relegation, with just three points separating them and the drop zone.

Having a recognised number nine to help supplement Danny Ings might just make all the difference for them this season, and with that in mind, they should consider a move for Islam Slimani.

 

The 30-year-old Leicester-owned ace is currently on loan with Fenerbahce, but according to the Telegraph, the Turkish side are willing to cut his deal short.

The British broadsheet claims that Fulham are interested in the Algerian hitman, but Southampton must do all they can to beat their relegation rivals to his signature.

Slimani has scored 103 goals in 268 career appearances, and he would act as a fantastic focal point for the Saints to build their attacking play from.

Sven Kums and Islam Slimani fight for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Group D match between RSC Anderlecht and Fenerbahce at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium on October 25, 2018 in...

The Algeria international signed for Leicester in the summer of 2016, for around £29 million, but he was never really given a run of regular starts, and should Hasenhüttl provide him with exactly that, he might just finally prove what he is capable of in the Premier League.

Whether Southampton would be able to loan him for the rest of the season or just buy him outright is unclear, but Hasenhüttl should explore the possibility of bringing him to St Mary's in either case.

He could turn out to be a signing of real significance for the Saints.

VILLACH, AUSTRIA - July 25: Islam Slimani of Leicester City during the pre-season friendly match between Leicester City and Akhisarspor at Stadion Villach on July 25th, 2018 in Villach,...

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