Hammers linked with World Cup striker


SlimaniWest Ham are this afternoon being reported as holding an interest in striker Islam Slimani.

According to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, exploratory talks with Sporting Lisbon were held in December and speculation is we may return for him this summer.

Slimani – valued at around 8 million euros – is currently on World Cup duty and has appeared as a second-half substitute in Algeria’s opening match against Belgium.

At league level however, his eight goals in 28 appearances helped the club to  a second-place finish in the Primeira Liga last season.

Sporting have the player under contract until 2017, thus forcing the price up.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • New606 says:

    We’ve been linked with him quite a but over the past six months, he keeps putting in performances like last night and he’ll cost more than eight million euros!

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