According to L’Équipe Brest are interested in the services of Sporting CP striker Islam Slimani (34), who left Lyon in January but could be set for another move after the forward’s relationship with Sporting boss Rubin Amorim has broken down. The 34-year old’s current contract runs until 30th June 2023.
Whilst the player was performing well in the second half of last season for Sporting with 4 goals and one assists in 9 appearances – Portuguese coach Amorim accused Slimani of having a lack of commitment in training. This ultimately led to the Algerian’s playing time being slashed to 17 minutes against Paços de Ferreira, then another 32 minutes against Benfica.
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During the first half of last season Slimani turned out for Lyon in Ligue 1, where he made 12 appearances but only scored one goal and provided one assist. He did feature in the Europa league where he was more prolific, scoring three goals in four appearances in European competition.
The 88-capped Algerian international also played in Ligue 1 for Monaco, where he scored nine goals in 19 appearances on loan from Leicester City.
Brest are interested in the idea of partnering Slimani up with his national teammate Youcef Belaïli – but are finding the financial feasibility for the 34-year old a difficult obstacle in the deal. Other Ligue 1 clubs are reportedly interested after Nottingham Forest were also informed of the forward’s situation.