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West Brom should use Rondon money to land Slimani

West Brom should use Rondon money to land Slimani

According to the Leicester Mercury, Leicester City are willing to let Islam Slimani leave the club this summer if their £18 million asking price for the striker is met.

Slimani joined the Foxes back in the summer of 2016, hot on the heels of the club’s shock Premier League title triumph. Since his arrival in the midlands though, the 30-year-old has failed to produce his best form.

A loan stint with Newcastle last season did nothing to help matters, and as things stand, Slimani has managed only 8 top flight goals throughout his entire time in England.

That being said, there are obvious qualities to the Algerian international’s game. His hold up play is often exemplary, and he is constantly capable of posing an aerial threat.

Whilst a return to mainland Europe looks likely at this stage, a drop down to Championship level could be what’s needed to help the striker get back to his best.

West Brom could be well positioned to offer Slimani that chance.

The Breakdown

According to Sky Sports, Newcastle United have entered negotiations with West Brom over the transfer of Salomon Rondon, who is thought to have a £16.5 million release clause in his contract.

If that supposed release clause is met, then that would take West Brom a long way towards Slimani’s £18 million price tag, and would also leave the Baggies in dire need of a new striker.

Darren Moore may well consider Slimani the ideal replacement for Rondon. The Algerian’s power, physicality, and ability to dominate defenders would allow him to accurately replicate the role currently performed by Rondon at the Hawthorns.

If Slimani could rediscover his goalscoring touch in the second tier too, then West Brom would have a truly prolific forward on their hands, capable of firing them straight back into the top flight. 

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