Leicester City are closing in on the signature of Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani, with Portuguese website Diario de Noticias stating that the Foxes have agreed a €29 million (£24.8 million) fee for the centre forward.

Claudio Ranieri has added a number of new faces to his Premier League-winning squad this summer but is keen to recruit further ahead of playing in the Champions League this season.

Slimani has an impressive scoring record in Portugal over recent seasons and also caught the eye for Algeria in the 2014 World Cup.

Leicester have Jamie Vardy as their number nine, but the Premier League side could well partner the England international with the impending recruit.

The report also states that West Brom were in the running to sign Slimani, but the North African attacker has opted to switch to the King Power Stadium outfit instead.

The 28-year-old’s acquisition will be a club record fee for the English champions and add an extra proven offensive option for Ranieri this season.



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