Algeria were one of the surprise packages at this summer's World Cup, with several of their players catching the eyes of admirers across the continent. One such player was striker Islam Slimani - who put in several decent displays in Brazil.
The attacker is currently with Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon, who he joined from CR Belouizdad last summer. The 26-year-old has emerged as a transfer target for several Premier League clubs this summer. Leicester City were heavily linked with a £10 million move for the player - but Nigel Pearson appeared to rule them out of the running for his signature last month.
That being said the likes of Newcastle United, West Ham and Crystal Palace have also been linked with his signature - despite all interested teams apparently being thrown off by the £10 million price-tag, although recent reports suggest he could leave for just £6 million.
And he has been at the centre of a storm at Sporting, similar in fact to the one that new Manchester United signing Marcos Rojo was embroiled in before his £16 million switch to Old Trafford.
He has reportedly been trying to force a move, and has therefore been reprimanded by the club. He was banished from training and fined for his indiscretions.
However he has now apologised to fans through an official statement from the club. The statement reads:
"The Sporting Clube de Portugal, Futebol, SAD announces that, in the disciplinary proceedings against the player Islam Slimani, for breach of contractual duties, the athlete acknowledged yesterday, Friday, not acted in a correct and professional manner, showing up sorry for their behavior, and, on this day, Saturday, formalized recognition of his guilt. Consequently, Sporting SAD has decided to reinstate the player in the work of the core team in next Monday, without prejudice to the continuation of disciplinary proceedings and the consequent imposition of disciplinary sanctions as may be. "
So it would appear that Slimani will not be joining Leicester City, Newcastle or West Ham this summer. Although, a word of warning to Sporting fans, Rojo left for United 24 hours after such an announcement.
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