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Newcastle United sign Algeria striker Islam Slimani on loan

Islam Slimani

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international striker has completed a loan move to from until the end of the season.

The Magpies have managed to finalize the deal in the very last hours of the transfer deadline day, despite few reports in the Algerian media which rumored that the 29-year-old had failed his medical.

The former Sporting Lisbon striker will spend the remainder of the season at St. James’ Park as Newcastle United are looking forward to bolstering their chances in their battle against relegation this season.

Slimani started his career in Algeria’s JSM Chéraga, before moving to CR Belouizdad in 2009. After four years with the Algerian Ligue Professionelle 1 side, he moved to Europe joining Sporting Lisbon.

Following their historic title in 2016, the Foxes signed Slimani from the Portuguese outfits, however he struggled for game-time at King Power Stadium, featuring for 48 games in all competitions scoring 14 goals.

“It’s a great thing for me and for Newcastle. I’m happy to be here. Hopefully I can come here and be able to give them a hand,” Slimani told Newcastle United’s official website.

“Knowing the power of the fans and crowd here and how great they are, and also speaking to the manager, it gave me the confidence that this was the right choice.”

Slimani is an Algerian International with 55 caps for his country. He has scored 26 international goals and was part of the Algerian International team that made it to the Round of 16 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

 

 

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