Report: Manager ready to let Villa sign £29m player from his side

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...

Aston Villa are said to be keen on Leicester City forward Islam Slimani, as Dean Smith hunts new additions.

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...

According to the Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa could be on the verge of completing a deal for Islam Slimani.

Slimani is currently contracted to Leicester City, but he is on loan at Monaco.

That could have presented a challenge to Villa, who are keen to land the striker.

But Leicester boss Rodgers is believed to be willing to relocate Slimani at Villa.

 

Rodgers is open to letting Slimani join another Premier League club, and is ready to let Villa sign the £29 million striker (BBC Sport).

If Villa were to bring in Slimani he could have an immediate route into Dean Smith’s side’s first-team, as they are short of numbers up-front.

Slimani would offer Villa a presence in forward areas, following an injury to Wesley.

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...

Slimani’s time at Leicester wasn’t particularly productive, but the Algerian would be looking to prove that he has what it takes to make an impact in the Premier League, if he was to move to the claret and blues.

The 31-year-old could be in competition with Ally Samatta if he was to move to Villa Park, as the Genk forward is expected to join Smith’s side in the coming days, according to the Birmingham Mail.

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