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West Ham pursue permanent deal for Islam Slimani

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West Ham are interested in signing Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani on a permanent basis after a potential loan deal collapsed in December, according to The Daily Mail

Reports in Portugal suggest a loan move was on the cards in the winter transfer window but after that collapsed West Ham will reignite their interest.

This time, however, Sam Allardyce will look to complete a permanent transfer for the Sporting ace who impressed for Algeria in yesterday's 4-2 World Cup triumph over South Korea.

Having been a late substitute in his sides opening game, Slimani was included in the starting eleven for Sunday's game and repaid the faith shown in him by manager Vahid Halilhodzic.

€8 MILLION PRICE TAG

The 26-year-old opened the scoring by latching onto a long ball to flick past the onrushing Korean goalkeeper and after Rafik Halliche made it two Slimani's clever pass allowed Abdelmoumene Djabou to put the African side 3-0 up before half time.

Should West Ham follow up their interest they may be forced to pay as much as €8million for a man who is under contract at Sporting until 2017.

The Algerian striker only made the move to the Portuguese capital last summer having previously impressed in his homeland with CR Belouizdad.

DEBUT SEASON

His debut season in the Primeira Liga saw his new club finish second in the league, though Slimani struggled at times to replace the departed Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

By mid-February he'd only found the net three times in the league, but a run of four goals in four games, including the only goal in a 1-0 win over rivals Porto, boosted his season's tally.

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Eventually he'd finish the season with eight goals in 26 league appearances, and although those figures will hardly have West Ham fans desperate to see him arrive at Upton Park, his performance against South Korea was slightly more promising.

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Should he complete a move to east London he'll be Allardyce's second striking addition of the summer, having already completed a deal to bring Argentine ace Mauro Zarate to the Premier League.

For Sporting, speculation regarding Slimani's future adds to a long list of players linked with moves away from the Portuguese capital this summer.

OTHER TARGETS

Star names William Carvalho and Marcos Rojo have long been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool, while winger Diego Capel is said to have interested Stoke City.

Incoming coach Marco Silva will hope to keep hold of the majority of his squad as he prepares to lead Sporting into the Champions League for the first time since they exited the competition at the qualifying rounds in 2009/2010.

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