Ismal Slamini could be set for a reunion with former Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri at Nantes, if reports in France are to be believed.
Buzzsport.fr has alleged that the Italian wants to be reunited with the out-of-favour Foxes striker, who has failed to make a positive impact in the Midlands ever since his big-money switch from Sporting in the summer of 2016.
The French news publication goes on to claim that a January transfer to the Ligue 1 club could be on the cards for the unhappy goalscorer, but other sources related to the rumour have raised their collective eyebrows about the validity of this particular scoop.
It is thought that Slimani's chances of worming his way back into the first-team fold at Leicester have grown shorter since Claude Puel's appointment as the club's manager seven weeks ago - the Frenchman preferring the likes of Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy up top for his side.
Indeed, since Puel took up the reins at the King Power Stadium Slimani has played just 10 minutes' worth of action in the Premier League and has not been included in the match day squad for the past four games.
Clearly the Algeria international is heading towards the exit door, given that he has no known injury troubles at present, but Leicester will want to recoup as much of the £28m fee to forked out for him as possible.
Q: Would you let Islam Slimani go in Janaury?— BBC Leicester Sport (@BBCRLSport) December 15, 2017
CP: “Time will tell to speak about January. He is part of the squad, he was on the bench for the first game. But now, it’s Ulloa because he’s been working very well in training. Slim is working very well too. It’s difficult for me”
Nantes would likely not be able to afford such a sum of money. Therefore if Ranieri wanted to bring the 29-year-old Slimani to the Stade de la Beuajoire, it may be in his best interests to commit to a six-month loan instead.
Slimani only notched nine goals in 31 games for the Foxes in his maiden campaign as they struggled to defend their top flight crown, while his only goals this term have come in the Carabao Cup - four in three with the forward goalless in nine league outings thus far.