By 90Min
July 19, 2017

​With an uncertain future at the King Power, Islam Slimani is said to be fearful of Leicester pricing him out of a move this summer - with Newcastle understood to be keen suitors for the striker.

29-year-old Slimani made the move to the Foxes in a £29m deal from Sporting CP last summer, but has since struggled to make his mark at the club after being overlooked for the likes of Jamie Vardy, Leonardo Ulloa and Shinji Okazaki, with Manchester city's Iheanacho now close to agreeing a move. 

HONG KONG, HONG KONG - JULY 19: 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 and West Bromwich Albion at Hong Kong Stadium on July 19, 2017 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty Images)
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It leaves little room for Slimani in Craig Shakespeare's first-team plans, and the ​Mirror report that the Foxes are intent on recouping as much of their cash as they can from the 29-year-old's transfer last summer. 

With the Foxes also keen to move on all of his wages, which priced out the striker's former club - Sporting - in making an attempt to re-sign the Algerian. 

The club will therefore play hardball in transfer negotiations, despite the striker making only 13 Premier League starts last term, scoring seven league goals in his total 23 appearances. 

Slimani is said to be keen to stay in England as he feels his aerial threat is suited to the Premier League, with Newcastle among a host of clubs who are interested in signing him up this summer.

The Magpies would seemingly have to shatter their transfer record to land the striker - who scored 57 goals in 109 games for Sporting prior to his move to England - but at 29-years-old would he be worth the bargain for Rafa Benitez?


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