Slimani linked with move to Premier League

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Algeria forward Islam Slimani is being strongly linked with a move away from Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon, with Everton and Napoli said to be interested in his services.

The 28-year-old Slimani, who scored 31 goals in 46 appearances across all competitions last season, has been tipped to move from Portugal, with Sporting looking to cash in on the player.

Slimani was initially linked to English champions Leicester as a replacement for Jamie Vardy, who was thought to be moving to Arsenal, but the Foxes decided to sign Nigeria striker Ahmed Musa and managed to keep hold of Vardy.

However, according to The Liverpool Echo, new Everton manager Ronald Koeman is keen to add Slimani to the Toffees’ attack that could lose Romelu Lukaku, who has made it clear he wants to play in the Champions League.

Serie A side Napoli could make a move for the Algeria international if they sell Argentine Gonzalo Higuain, who has linked with a big-money move away from Naples.

Bundasliga side Wolfsburg are also said to be interested in Slimani’s services.