According to The Yorkshire Evening Post, Championship outfit Aston Villa are planning a swoop for Leicester City’s Islam Slimani.
The striker is currently on loan at Turkish giants Fenerbahçe, but is struggling, and would surely want a move away. However, the article does not say whether The Villans are looking for a loan deal or permanent deal.
Given the financial climate at Villa Park, this would most likely be a loan signing, but would nonetheless be hugely important in the club’s promotion bid. The Algeria international has a good pedigree and has played all over Europe, and while he has struggled in the past to cement a place at Leicester, he would be well suited in the Championship and could do some serious damage.
However, interest in a player like this has some worrying permutations for Aston Villa fans. Interest in quite a high-profile striker may mean that there are still legs in the transfer sage surrounding current forward Tammy Abraham. The 21-year-old is on loan at Villa Park from Chelsea, but has widely been rumoured throughout this month to be leaving. When the striker rejected another loan move of Wolves, it looked as though he was destined to see the season out with The Villans, but this latest development may suggest otherwise.
It seems unlikely that Dean Smith would play both Abraham and Slimani in one team, but it would also be unfair to drop either one and leave them on the bench, particularly as the club will not want to waste wages. This interest may amount to nothing, but it could suggest that there is life in the Abraham transfer.