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Southampton interested in Slimani

Southampton interested in Slimani

Southampton have been completely redefined under the guidance of Ralph Hasenhuttl in the current campaign, but they could still do with a couple of January signings. 

The Saints will be desperate to avoid relegation to the Championship this season, so they’re going to need all the resources they can get before the January transfer window shuts.

Interestingly, it appears as if Ralph Hasenhuttl is eyeing a possible swoop, as according to Turkish outlet Aydin Post (via The Daily Echo), Southampton are interested in Islam Slimani.

The Algerian’s loan club Fenerbahce are understood to want to end his season-long loan deal with them, with the Saints interested in taking him off Leicester City’s hands.

Indeed, the Foxes are reluctant to bring him back to the King Power Stadium, so the Turkish outfit need another club to take on the loan.

Charlie Austin will reportedly (as per the Telegraph) leave St Mary’s this month, so Islam Slimani could be drafted in as a direct replacement for the Englishman.

THE VERDICT:

Islam Slimani has only managed to find the back of the net on four occasions this season, but he does have previous experience in the Premier League from his loan spell at Newcastle and at his parent club Leicester City.

The Algerian international, who is valued at £9 million (by Transfermarkt), has shown that he can score goals at previous points in his career, so the Saints will be hoping to get the best out of him if they secure a deal.

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