West Ham fail in Slimani bid

Alexander Mitrovic of Newcastle United is challenged by Tom Cleverly of Watford during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Watford at St. James Park

Newcastle United will make Leicester striker Islam Slimani their deadline-day priority.

The 29-year-old would cost around £20million, though Leicester may be prepared to loan him with an obligation to buy.

Slimani will join the club on loan until the end of the season that may contain a buy-out clause.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has been keen on bringing in a striker in the January transfer window, but had a club-record bid for Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen rejected and missed out on Daniel Sturridge, who opted to join West Brom on loan.

They've reportedly beaten off West Ham and Monaco for his signature and if the rest of his medical goes according to plan he will be officially announced later today.

The arrival the former Sporting Lisbon hitman is a huge boost for Rafa Benitez who has cut a frustrated figure all month looking to strenghten his squad to help avaoid relegation.

Slimani has struggled for game time following his £29 million move to the King Power Stadium in 2016 and is keen to leave in order to reboot his career, although its unclear if Leicester would sanction a loan deal and may push for a permanent exit instead with the Algerian global valued at £20 million.

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