Nottingham Forest have been linked by Portuguese outlet Record with a bizarre move for Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani.
If ever you wanted a sign that silly season is upon us, this transfer link is it!
The talisman was dreadful at Leicester and it seems highly unlikely that Forest will be about to swoop for the Algerian.
Slimani has been in Portugal since January when he swapped Lyib for Sporting Lisbon.
During his time with the Liga Portugal outfit, he scored just four times and will likely be on the move again this summer.
Forest arent the only club interested, with Record claiming several interested parties will come forward in the coming weeks.
This link just doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.
Slimani is way beyond his best and his best football has been played in leagues far inferior to the Premier League.
These days, Forest have a clear profile when it comes to signing players and Slimani couldn’t be further away from it.
Furthermore, the player is likely to be on a substantial wage and Forest have been burnt with these deals before.
Slimani is everything that the old regime might have done and nothing like what Kyriakos Dourekas and Dane Murphy like to do.
A lot of transfer talk has been speculated since Sunday’s win.
Slimani looks like a strong case of a publication putting two and two together and getting twelve.
It would seem that idle speculation is now linking Evangelos Marinakis with a move to take him to England instead.
Forest linked with Slimani but a deal isn’t likely
Now, more than ever, it’s important for supporters to take transfer links with a pinch of salt.
Slimani isn’t just getting on, he’s literally edging towards retirement and Forest won’t be signing the talisman.
At 33, he’s a year younger than Lewis Grabban and the club has a decision to make on him too.
If the club captain doesn’t sign a new contract, Forest will almost certainly target a young striker to spearhead the strikeforce.
Slimani’s record in England with Leicester wasn’t great and Cooper’s unlikely to fancy him.
Marinakis will trust Murphy this summer and there is absolutely no way he will be signing a 33-year-old any time soon.