Tottenham are considering a move for Leicester City striker Islam Slimani but Brendan Rodgers is reluctant to sell to the Londoners, according to the Telegraph.
Slimani is currently on loan at Monaco, scoring seven goals in 13 Ligue 1 matches so far this season. Since joining Leicester from Sporting in the summer of 2016, Slimani has also had loan spells at Newcastle United and Fenerbahce.
And now it seems the 31-year-old is attracting Premier League interest. The Telegraph claims Aston Villa were initially keen to bring Slimani back to England, and now he is said to be on Spurs’ radar with Jose Mourinho looking for a target man to fill in for the injured Harry Kane.
However, there is a problem. The report suggests Rodgers is reluctant to allow Slimani to join Tottenham as he does not want to strengthen a rival for the top four. That said, Spurs are 14 points behind Leicester in the race for Champions League qualification, though they did gain a point on the Foxes this weekend as Rodgers’ side fell to a defeat at Burnley.
Mourinho seems desperate to sign a centre-forward of any calibre so that he can deploy his preferred system. Whether or not Slimani is good enough to play regularly for Spurs is up for debate.