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Stoke and Newcastle join race for Islam Slimani

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Stoke City and Newcastle United have joined the race to sign Algeria's World Cup striker Islam Slimani.

The 26-year-old Sporting Lisbon man is also interesting West Ham, according to reports in The Daily Express.

Slimani only arrived in Portugal last summer but his performances for Algeria in Brazil have raised interest in the pacey front-man.

According to reports he could be available for as little as £6million, though that could increase should the three Premier League clubs enter a bidding war for his services.

West Ham were said to have made the first move, failing in an attempt to push through a loan deal in January of this year.

The club have reignited their interest following his match winning performance in Algeria's 4-2 victory over South Korea, though they'll now face stiff competition.

Slimani opened the scoring for the African side in their Group H fixture, before creating number three for Abdelmoumene Djabou as Algeria raced into a 3-0 half-time lead.

His important strike came as no surprise to Sporting fans, who last season benefited from a number of vital Slimani goals.

The most high profile coming in a 1-0 victory over fierce rivals Porto as Sporting pipped the 23-time champions to second place, with Benfica claiming the title on their way to an historic treble.

As important as his goals were, he wasn't exactly prolific - he netted just eight in 26 Primeira Liga appearances in his first season in Portugal.

That's not deterred his admirers though, with Stoke looking to make him their second attacking purchase of the summer having already sealed the signing of former Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf.

Likewise, West Ham have already began improving their forward line with the acquisition of former Lazio and Inter Milan attacker Mauro Zarate.

In contrast, Newcastle's attacking options seem limited, with last season's top scorer Loic Remy likely to move to Arsenal following an impressive season on loan from QPR.

Following Remy's departure and the release of club stalwart Shola Ameobi, manager Alan Pardew has been left with just the misfiring Papiss Cisse and wingers Sami Ameobi and Yoan Gouffran as his attacking options.

Though the Premier League may appeal to Slimani, he will have to give up Champions League football should he make the move to England.

By finishing second last season, Sporting Lisbon will enter the group stages for the first time since 2008/2009, and that may be a major attraction for a man who only moved to Europe a year ago.

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