According to reports in the Daily Mail, West Ham United are now leading Newcastle United in the race to sign Leicester City striker Islam Slimani before the January transfer window slams shut on Wednesday night, and Magpies fans have been quick to have their say on the development.
The Tyneside outfit have been linked with the Algeria international throughout the month, but now the Daily Mail says that the Irons have held talks over a move for the 29-year-old.
However, while both they and the Tyneside outfit would prefer a loan deal, the report adds that the Foxes are only keen to let the Algeria international join a Premier League rival on a permanent basis.
The duo will now have to come up with a lucrative financial package to convince Leicester to let the centre-forward go on a temporary basis until the end of the season.
Newcastle supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on the story, and while one said “this could very well be our worst window under Ashley”, another said ‘Lee Charnley needs to be fired’.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
We’re not the only clubs desperate for players today. And many of those other clubs are more proactive in their actions to secure signings. We’ll spend this morning ‘preparing bids’ while other clubs will decisively make them.
— Myles Lambert (@MylesLambert) January 31, 2018
Standard really.. Chicarito on loan #NUFC
— SarAlun – NUFC – (@Us6here) January 31, 2018
Im not surprised. Given the nature of what is at stake, this could very well be out worst transfer window under Ashley
— Shaun (@ShaunGrey22) January 31, 2018
Imagine loosing out to another forward #shock
— scurf (@scurf9) January 31, 2018
ffs we have had a month to get a striker. We go to the last day and you just know. They just couldn't get a deal done
— Richard Evans (@richie65evans) January 31, 2018
I am not surprised anymore . LC needs to be fired
— Stephen Smith (@stephen382) January 31, 2018
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