Slimani and Gayle partnership could be hugely effective for Newcastle

The Sun says Newcastle have agreed a deal to sign Slimani on loan from Leicester - even though he is injured.

Newcastle United have been on the lookout for a new striker throughout the transfer window and it appears that they may finally have found a player who suits their needs.

Newcastle United are on the verge of signing Islam Slimani from Leicester City, with the Algerian striker passing a medical with the St James' Park side, according to Sky Sports.

The Algerian frontman appears to be heading to St James' Park after Toon boss Rafa Benitez beat West Ham counterpart David Moyes to the signature of the Algeria global.

The move comes after a training ground injury looked set to ruin any potential transfer for Slimani, but Newcastle have pushed the deal through with Benitez desperate to bolster his attacking options.

The arrival the former Sporting Lisbon hitman is a huge boost for Rafa Benitez who has cut a frustrated figure all month looking to strenghten his squad to help avaoid relegation.

The interest for Belgian football is that Slimani's move failing would also lead to the cancellation of Mitrovic's move to Anderlecht on loan for the rest of the season.

  • Rosalie Stanley