In Focus: Southampton unlikely to bid for Slimani after agreeing Carrillo deal

According to the Daily Mail, reported Southampton target Islam Slimani could be available for £20m if a Premier League club wants to buy him from Leicester City this month.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Daily Mail says that the Foxes are currently in talks with Ligue 1 outfit Monaco over a loan deal for the 29-year-old, and while they aren’t willing to agree to a similar arrangement with a fellow English top flight rival, they would be willing to listen to an offer of £20m.

Sky Sports reported on January 18 that Saints were one of a number of clubs keen on the out of favour Algeria international, although it remains to be seen whether they will still consider making a move as they close in on the £19.2m signing of Monaco’s Guido Carrillo.

The Daily Mail says that Slimani would prefer to stay in the Premier League, with Chelsea and Newcastle United two options other than Southampton.

How has Slimani done this season?

It has been another frustrating campaign for Leicester’s club-record signing, who continues to find himself behind Jamie Vardy in the pecking order.

The 29-year-old has been given more of an opportunity in recent weeks following an injury to England international, and he has scored five goals – including four in three EFL Cup outings – and provided a further two assists in 17 appearances in all competitions.

The Algerian is known for how good he is in the air, but he is also decent with the ball at his feet and he scored an impressive dink in his side’s 2-0 win against Huddersfield Town at the King Power Stadium earlier this month.

Will Southampton sign him this month?

It seems unlikely now.

Slimani was probably an alternative option to Carrillo and considering manager Mauricio Pellegrino prefers a 4-2-3-1 system, it would be difficult to see Saints getting the 29-year-old considering he wants to play regularly.

However, if the out of favour Manolo Gabbiadini leaves before Wednesday it could still be an option, with the south coast outfit set to be without Charlie Austin for the forseeable future because of a hamstring injury.