Out-of-favour Leicester City striker Islam Slimani is thought to be a January transfer window target for Watford’s Marco Silva as the Portuguese manager looks set to bolster his squad, according to reports in the Mirror.

The two previously worked together at Sporting Lisbon and it is believed the Hornets boss remains a fan of the forward.

Algeria’s international attacker has fallen down the Leicester pecking order since his £28 million arrival at the King Power Stadium 15 months ago – a club-record signing for the team who were the league champions at the time.

Great things were expected of the striker, but aside from the 12 goals in 40 appearances he has made in all competitions for the team, Slimani finds himself behind Jamie Vardy, Shinji Okazaki and Kelechi Iheanacho.

The report suggests a move could take place as early as January, but Leicester would have to accept an offer from Watford incomparable to the £28m they splashed out on the 29-year-old the summer before last.

Another potential option would be for the Vicarage Road side to take the African hitman on loan.

Leicester attacker Slimani has himself previously admitted that a move to the Hornets nearly materialised in the summer, but after Andre Gray signed for Watford interest died down.

“I had a conversation with Marco Silva, who was my coach at Sporting, and he was very interested in having me on the team,” he told Algerian newspaper Le Buteur.

“He presented me with a magnificent project, but unfortunately it did not materialise. The leaders of Leicester City told me they wanted me here. But they are things of the past, now I am focused on my team.”

Watford have the best goalscoring record outside of the top five so whether bolstering their attacking options given the club’s fine form in from of goal is necessary, remains to be seen.

But should Silva choose to make a move for Leicester forward Slimani in January, it could make the prospect of watching the Algerian play alongside Troy Deeney, Andre Gray, Richarlison and co. mouthwatering to say the least.


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