In Focus: West Ham can get the best out of loan target Islam Slimani

According to the reliable @ExWHUemployee via his official Twitter account, West Ham United are in talks to sign Leicester City striker Islam Slimani on loan until the end of the season before the January transfer window slams shut on Wednesday night.

What’s the word, then?

Well, with Diafra Sakho leaving the club earlier this week and with Andy Carroll and Marko Arnautovic currently on the sidelines because of injury, the Irons have been left short up top and it seems as though manager David Moyes wants another centre-forward in before the 11pm deadline.

Now @ExWHUemployee says the Hammers are in talks to bring out of favour Foxes forward Slimani to the London Stadium, although the east Midlands outfit are likely to be looking for a big loan fee for the 29-year-old.

How has Slimani done this season?

The Algeria international has struggled to start ahead of Jamie Vardy ever since he joined Leicester in a club-record £29m deal in the summer of 2016, and it has been no different this term.

The striker has made 17 appearances in all competitions for the Foxes – scoring five goals – but only two of those outings have been as starts in the Premier League.

The 29-year-old is known for his ability to score with his head, but he also showed that he is good with the ball at his feet too with a fine dinked finish in the win against Huddersfield Town at the King Power Stadium on New Year’s Day.

Would he be a good signing for West Ham?

He certainly could be, yes.

While things haven’t really worked out for him at Leicester – probably because he isn’t really suited to their quick, counter-attacking style – his previous goal record for Sporting Lisbon (57 in 111 games) and his tally for Algeria (26 in 55) suggest he has plenty to give.

Of course, Slimani would also have a huge point to prove to Leicester that he should be a regular starter in the Premier League, and that would only benefit the Irons as they look for a lone striker that is more suited to the role than Javier Hernandez is.

Will it happen?

West Ham will be pushing for a deal, and if they can agree a loan fee with Leicester you would expect them to beat rivals like Newcastle United to the striker’s signing.

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