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Leicester City Want-Away Now On Newcastle United’s Radar: The Perfect Fit For Rafa?

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Abhishek Majumdar
Editor in Chief of The 4th Official. A man in his thirties who worries about the nuances of the financial aspects of football and how it will impact the game in the long term.

Newcastle United are in the middle of a mixed season, having won only four out of their first eleven matches this term. They have lost five matches now in the Premier League this season, their last one being an unfortunate defeat that saw them get beaten by a solitary goal from Bournemouth ace Steve Cook, right before the final whistle.

The Magpies have fallen short on the goal scoring front, not able to score as many as they would have wanted. This has been detrimental to their charge in the top flight, compelling them to look for reinforcements in the near future.

Newcastle United are eyeing a number of new players to be added to their attack. One such player, whose name is right on the top of their target list, is the Algerian striker Islam Slimani, who is currently playing for Leicester City.

Slimani was brought into the squad for the Foxes to add more firepower during the last summer transfer window and to spearhead the attack along with Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez. However, the 29-year-old striker has not been handed too many starts this season, in which he failed to impress.

Reportedly, the player is looking to head out of the King Power Stadium in the next transfer window and might make a move to a club that might give him ample opportunity to star in the starting lineup. A number of clubs are interested in the Algerian ace and Newcastle United look desperate for his signature.

The Magpies have scored only ten goals in their first eleven matches this season, which has not helped their cause by any means. The likes of Ayoze Perez and Joselu have looked good at times but have failed to provide enough teeth to their attack consistently.

This has called for the inclusion of a new forward to their frontline and the former Sporting Lisbon star might be the perfect fit for them. However, it is still unclear whether the Foxes will let him leave in the next transfer window, who are themselves in a spot of bother at the moment.

The immense physicality and ability to vie with the opposition defenders make the Algerian international a real menace in the final third, which the Magpies might count on, given they get the chance to sign him in the near future.

But is he the man to change their fortunes?

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