Southampton Have Joined the Race to Sign Misfiring Algerian Forward Islam Slimani

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​Premier League side Southampton have entered the race to sign Fenerbahce forward Islam Slimani, who is on loan to the club from Leicester City.

The Algerian international has struggled to make an impact at the Turkish club, scoring only one goal all season. With the team surprisingly fighting against relegation, the striker’s bad form has left both the club and the fans highly frustrated. Slimani has reportedly attracted interest from a number of clubs, including former side Sporting CP, Celtic and Aston Villa.

Turkish outlet ​Aydin Post have reported that Fenerbahce have grown frustrated with the striker and are looking to terminate his loan deal. To describe his tenure at the club as unsuccessful would be an understatement, but Southampton will be hoping he can rekindle the form he showed at former club Sporting CP. 

​​It’s fair to say that the past few years have not been easy for the striker, scoring only nine goals in total since his big-money move to Leicester in 2016. After failing to find his rhythm at Leicester and in his loan spell at Newcastle United, Slimani has something to prove in the Premier League.


His aerial ability is up there with the best in the world and on his day can be a real threat to any opposition. The Saints will be hoping to get the best out of the striker as they attempt to avoid relegation. 

Ralph Hasenhuettl

With none of the Saints’ strikers showing consistent goal-scoring form, Ralph Hasenhuttl will be hoping that adding Slimani to the squad will be the solution. Perhaps the acquisition of another striker could inspire his attack to be more consistent as it will threaten their spot in the starting lineup.

However, before any sort of deal can go through, his parent club Leicester will have to terminate the striker’s current loan deal with Fenerbache.


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