Premier League champions Leicester City made a move on transfer deadline day, bringing in Algerian international Islam Slimani for a club-record £30 million from Sporting Lisbon.
The 28-year-old striker has been prolific for Sporting in the Portuguese league, scoring 48 league goals in 82 appearances. Last season he finished with 31 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions. Slimani has signed a five-year deal with the Foxes, and said he is excited to get a chance to play in the Premier League.
“To join a team like Leicester City is a huge honour and I can’t wait to get started,” Slimani told the club’s official website. “I’ve always wanted to play my football in the Premier League and to get the opportunity to do that with the reigning champions was something I simply could not turn down.
“I saw the amazing success of last season and the passion of the Club’s supporters. That’s something that I’m so excited to be a part of.”
Slimani, who now joins up with Algerian teammate Riyad Mahrez, has scored 23 times in 43 appearances for his country since his debut back in 2012.
“My friend Riyad Mahrez spoke to me about the Club and about the atmosphere the Leicester fans create at King Power Stadium. I will give absolutely everything I have on the pitch for them and for my team-mates and I hope that together we can achieve something special.”
Slimani could make his debut for Leicester against Liverpool at Anfield after the international break.