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Islam Slimani added to shortlist despite Sporting CP boss’ worrying report

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Nottingham Forest have reportedly wanted to add experienced striker Islam Slimani to their squad following promotion to the Premier League.

A controversial 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town in the play-off final at Wembley Stadium confirmed their stop in the top flight next season. Now Forest will be looking to use the summer to build a squad that can avoid the downfall. It is suggested the club look to former Leicester City striker Slimani to bolster their attack next season.

This is according to the Portuguese outlet Registrationwho claim that Slimani is one of the many targets of Nottingham Forest.

Slimani only joined Sporting CP during the January transfer window. Since then, he has netted four times in nine Primeira Liga appearances.

However, manager Ruben Amorin was unconvinced by his performances in Portugal. As a result, the club shouldn’t try to keep him for another season.

Before that, he played in Ligue 1 for Lyon, where in 12 appearances he scored just one goal.

The Algerian international could now be ready for a return to England.

Forest will also have to sign at least one striker this summer. The club’s top scorer of last season, Brennan Johnson, has been linked with a departure.

Latest rumors suggested Everton were planning a move for Johnson. However, their promotion now means Johnson is more likely to stay at the club.

Islam Slimani has had a tough time in the Premier League

The last time Slimani featured in a Premier League game was in 2020. The striker then completed a free transfer from Leicester City to Lyon in the January 2021 transfer.

His four-year stay in England never lived up to expectations. After joining the club for a club record fee of £28million, fans expected Slimani to be a hit at the King Power Stadium.

In his debut season, Slimani managed 11 goal contributions in 23 Premier League appearances. But a disappointing start to the 2017/18 campaign meant the striker was loaned out to Newcastle United for the rest of that season.

At the Magpies, Slimani suffered numerous injury problems and managed just four appearances, neither getting a goal nor an assist.

Loan spells at Fenerbahce and Monaco also fell through, before Slimani eventually completed his permanent move away from Leicester.

That being said, it would be a strange move for Forest to include Slimani on their transfer shortlist.

However, the 33-year-old has a clear eye for goal and could potentially add top-flight experience to the newcomers.

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