Newcastle United have emerged as a contender to sign Leicester City forward Islam Slimani, according to Algerian publication Le Buteur.

The Algeria international has only been at the King Power Stadium for one season but struggled to adjust after his move from Sporting Lisbon and it has now been suggested the striker will be allowed to leave.

Rafael Benitez has been desperate to strengthen his Newcastle ranks in the forward areas but as yet has found himself frustrated in his bid to achieve that goal.

Making the loan of Christian Atsu a permanent signing and landing Spanish defender Florian Lejeune are the only moves the Spaniard has been able to make this summer and he is desperate for that to change.

The Newcastle boss has spoken this week about his frustration at what he described as a crazy transfer market but he appears to have identified another target to go at.

Slimani made just 28 appearances in all competitions for the Foxes last season and could only score eight goals in that time. His spell at the King Power could now be coming to an end with Leicester linked to a number of attacking signings themselves.

The 29-year-old made a name for himself in the top flight of Portugal where he notched 57 times in 109 games for Sporting Lisbon but he has disappointed in his time in the Premier League thus far.

If Benitez does get his man he will hope to reignite the form that the Algerian showed earlier in his career and if he can do that Newcastle will have a potent hotshot whose goals could keep them up.

If he does become a Magpies player, Slimani could form a strike partnership with Dwight Gayle as Benitez’s men prepare for a first season back in the big time.

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