Tottenham are reportedly on the brink of offering Portuguese outfit Sporting £6m for Algerian striker Islam Slimani, although going in with such a piffling bid may end up spoiling their chances of landing the crack marksman.
According to a report in the Guardian back in late September, Slimani agitated for a move away from Estadio Jose Alvalade after the World Cup, where the 26-year-old notched twice in the Desert Warriors’ four fixtures and came agonisingly close a couple of times in the last 16 against Germany.
Alas, the boy from the poverty-stricken Algiers suburb of Ain Benian was halted in his tracks by Os Leoes president Bruno de Carvalho, who would not countenance losing another star of Brazil after centre-half Marcos Rojo’s departure for Manchester United.
De Carvalho held out for an offer of the full £24m fee stipulated in Slimani’s buy-out clause, which scared off potential suitors at the time, but after the 6ft2in hotshot’s deadly first half to the current campaign what seemed a mammoth fee six months ago is beginning to look reasonable.
Slimani already has as many club-and-country goals in the bag this term as he managed over the whole of last season, with ten all told.
Eight of those have come in his last 13 appearances, which includes a couple at Champions League-level in home wins against Schalke and Maribor.
Such form suggests Slimani may be worth the risky business of conducting a transfer mid-season for a player inexperienced in the Premier League, although with the Lilywhites’ valuation thought to be way off where Sporting see one of their prize assets’ worth, much haggling is likely be afoot.
The black and gold boys at bwin.com certainly rate the switch as a January possibility, with Slimani priced at 6/4 to move to an English side before 03/02/2015, while 1/2 says he doesn’t.