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Newcastle United favourites to sign Leicester City striker Islam Slimani?

Newcastle favourites to sign Slimani?
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Newcastle United seemingly emerge as the favourites to sign Leicester City forward Islam Slimani during the January transfer window.

Leicester City forward Islam Slimani has seemingly emerged as a major transfer target for Newcastle United.

Slimani has dropped down the pecking order at the King Power Stadium, with Jamie Vardy, Kelechi Iheanacho and Leonardo Ulloa all deemed in front of the Algerian international by boss Claude Puel.

Stoke City, Watford and West Bromwich Albion have all been linked with the player in recent weeks, but a number of bookmakers regard Newcastle as Slimani's most likely destination.

With Joselu and Dwight Gayle having only scored three goals apiece in the Premier League, manager Rafael Benitez is keen to strengthen his attack at the start of 2018.

The Magpies are likely to have funds to spend, but Leicester could demand a large fee for Slimani having spent £29m on his signature ahead of the 2016-17 campaign.

During his time in the East Midlands, the 29-year-old has scored 12 goals in 20 starts and 21 substitute outings in all competitions.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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