Islam Slimani has finally completed his loan move to Newcastle United according to Sky Sports.

Around half an hour before the 11pm deadline, the broadcaster revealed that the medical had been successfully negotiated and the loan deal signed off.

Whilst that deal was going through, Newcastle were giving it plenty of effort against Burnley but up front it was dire.

Ayoze Perez anonymous and not getting into scoring positions, whilst Joselu saw his weak penalty saved at 0-0, then shot wide with just the keeper to beat when Newcastle were 1-0 up.

If Islam Slimani watched the game, he will realise he has to do little up front to be an improvement on Rafa’s current options.

The Mag – Earlier Today (Wednesday 31 January 2018):

Islam Slimani is on the verge of completing his move to Newcastle United.

He is on Tyneside having his medical on Wednesday afternoon and the assumption must be he will be presented to the crowd at tonight’s Burnley match, if the move is completed in time.

It is now three and a half years ago when the Algerian international was first linked with a transfer to Newcastle (see below), that being the disastrous window when as well as bringing in Remy Cabella, Siem de Jong, Jack Colback and Facundo Ferreyra, the Graham Carr striker choice was Emmanuel Riviere to replace the goals Loic Remy had contributed on loan the previous season.

Two years later and Islam Slimani had scored another 39 league goals in 49 starts (plus five from the bench) for Sporting Lisbon, before being sold for around £27m to Leicester in summer 2016.

Despite only starting 15 Premier League matches (plus 20 appearances as a sub), Islam Slimani has eight Premier League goals plus another five for Leicester in the cup competitions.

The striker turns 30 in June so interesting  to see what the exact details will be of his loan move to Newcastle and whether any chance of a permanent deal.

Earlier today it was revealed that Slimani had picked up a thigh injury in training and was expected to be missing for at least two weeks, meaning he would miss the Palace game on Sunday and the Man Utd one a week later, as well as tonight’s Burnley game.

However, Craig Hope who covers Newcastle for The Mail has now said that he has been told the injury isn’t as serious as first reported and Islam Slimani has an outside chance of being available for Palace, though Man Utd is a more likely target.

With only 13 games left after tonight and Slimani not allowed to play in the Leicester away one, Rafa Benitez needs the striker up to pace as soon as possible, with some crucial matches coming up.

As Islam Slimani takes his Newcastle medical on Wednesday afternoon, news that his injury is not as bad as first reported.

The Mag – 25 June 2014:

The latest striker to be credited with a Newcastle interest is Islam Slimani.

After struggling elsewhere with various other forwards, it is now claimed that United have switched their attention to the 26 year old Sporting Lisbon forward, though there is believed to be competition from Stoke and West Ham.

Slimani is now valued at around £6m, though would represent a tidy profit for Sporting after they recruited the player a year ago on a free from Belouizdad, who compete in the domestic Algerian league.

Islam Slimani is over in Brazil with his national team and after coming on as a substitute in their opening 2-1 defeat against Belgium, he started against South Korea and earned a goal and an assist as they ran out impressive 4-2 winners. Russia await on Thursday and will decide whether Slimani and Algeria progress to the knockout stages.

His 8 goals in 26 appearances helped Sporting Lisbon into the Portuguese runners up spot, while back in Algeria he scored 32 in 96 for Belouizdad.

At international level his record looks more impressive, scoring 12 in 20 appearances, which includes 5 in 7 World Cup qualifying matches plus the goal against South Korea.

It was a big step moving up from domestic football in Algeria to the Portuguese league, but will be at least as big a leap if he does move on to England.

Another name for your list and at least Slimani kind of rhymes with ‘Toon Army’…

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    Can we not send Joselu our on loan somewhere ? …. Blackpool ? ….. not the football club, the donkey rides on the golden mile !

    • Big Al 1967

      How about sending him out on loan to the Shields Ferry… their anchor!

      • Anita kick up the Hoop

        It would be the first thing he’s held up all season

  • Tony Mann

    22.59 – just waiting……….

  • GToon

    Wow. No offense to the bloke but is that really the height of our ambition? Is that what weeks of conversations between owner and manager have amounted to? Some half fit forward who doesn’t get a game at mid table Leicester. What an absolute shambles this club has become. Thanks to one man. Why is it so many decent people live such short lives and yet Ashley is still able to walk this earth.

    • Mark Potter

      An international centre forward who has scored goals for club (including at European level) and country (including at a World Cup), has a value of around £25-30 million. He couldn’t get a game because of Vardy hardly missing a match. When he has played he’s scored at a rate of 1 goal in 2 games. He’s “half fit” only because he happened to pick up a thigh injury in training recently.

      His biggest plus point – he’s not Mitro. No signs of madness and a tendency to be on the verge of a red card at all times. And trusted by Rafa (or he wouldn’t have brought him in). Big and strong, but quicker than Mitro.

      And he’s not Joselu, he can hit a barn door from 10 paces. And can take a penalty.

      But dunno why I’m saying it. I guess it wouldn’t matter who the manager brought in, you would still complain, right?

      • Damon Horner

        Good accuracy. Shame about the injury but is a willing player and can finish, just those alone puts him above our group of strikers.

        • Dave Pattinson

          Whatever. We all knew we weren’t going to see serious cash spent by Fatso in this wndow. We can only wish the new lads well and hope they can bed in quickly. Its not as if we don’t create chances, we do. Maybe Slimani is the guy who can put them away, at least we can hope so. Hopefully, we stay up, PCP remain interested and Ashley finally f**ks off.

  • Thefootballerwhocouldfly

    Would you trust Mike’s mouthpiece? SkySportsDirect?
    See it when I believe it!
    Should of had 3 points tonight…
    Loved the Keegan quote on the banner.

    • GToon

      Was it a quote from KK on his interview with BT sport that time?

      • Phil Yare

        it certainly was

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    What is highlighted again after tonight’s result is our players are just not up to this level of football.
    Even a younger player with potential in Kenedy is able to get straight into the squad and be head and shoulders above anything we have at the club in a canter.

    Sad times indeed !

    • Down Under Mag

      Kenedy was outstanding, but he wasnt…he basically just shone because he is able to cross a ball and retain possession. He showed just how far back the skill levels of our current players actually are.

  • Polarboy

    How many games this season would we have won or gotten at least a point with a decent striker. I honestly believe that with Slimani leading the line we can start picking up the points that the teams hard work has deserved. As for Joselu, he can be taken to the glue factory tomorrow. Slimani as some Leicester fans have said is a very decent striker, he just didn’t fit into their system and couldn’t oust Vardy. He has a bit of everything as far as I can see. He’s big, strong, quick for his size, aggressive, has good hold up play, can link the play, has good feet, good in the air, can finish with both feet. I should probably stop their before this becomes a very premature love letter, but given the sh*te we’ve had to endure up front this season I’m sure people can understand my excitement.

    • Down Under Mag

      How many games indeed. Or if we had Kenedy from the start of the season like Rafa wanted. We are actually creating chances but our players just cannot finish and their confidence is rock bottom now it is clear to see. Whatever happens this season, Ashley needs to decide if he wants to run us to compete or wants to cash in, because the current setup just isn’t working for anyone!

      • Polarboy

        Well I think the fact that we’ve only taken in loans tells its own story, apart from Ashley being a tight c*nt. We are constantly told he’s adamant about selling up, so it makes sense to him I suppose that he wants to spend as little as possible before then. Obviously it’s idiotic logic to anyone else given we could easily be relegated. If Slimani can hit the ground running and we pick up a few results, I’d imagine we’ll see talk of the takeover ramping up again.

        It was hinted that Staveley will come back in again if and when we secure our premier league status. Oh and hopefully this Dobravka is decent, because as good as Darlow can be on occasion he’s still very capable of making mistakes. Not that he could have done much about the goal tonight, but I’m surprised by how many people were saying we didn’t need a keeper.

        • Jimmy_toons

          Agree about the keepers’ comment. Darlow and Elliot are ok and are shot stoppers, but do not command or organise their area, and have cost us points this season. Unfortunately their mistakes highlight our inadequacies more than those playing in front of the keeper, and the outfield players are making plenty – how bad are we at keeping possession ffs. Hopefully Dubravka is a better option than Benitez’s last dabble in the transfer market for a keeper.

        • Down Under Mag

          The truth is that it is so tight down the bottom that a couple of wins could see us clear away, so fingers crossed that things work out with Slimani and Kenedy and they give us the spark we need to pick up those vital points. I totally get why Ashley wouldn’t want to spend given his possible sale in the summer, however it is still a massive gamble and certainly doesn’t explain why things weren’t done as early as possible in January to give the players more game time to impact results. Obviously Slimani is injured but had we gone in for Kenedy at the start of the window and another FIT striker then we could have had a few more points on the board from the Swansea and Burnley games. The next few games are going to be vital and we can go in wanting nothing less than 3 points against Palace and Bournemouth.

          • Mark Potter

            Rafa spoke to Kenedy in the summer. Conte wouldn’t let him go until he had a replacement lined up. Rafa also spoke to Dubravka in December, before the window opened. We don’t know the situation at Prague, but they are hardly likely to have let their number 1 keeper go on loan until they had a replacement ready.

            It’s possible that Rafa also spoke to Slimani before the window opened. But we know Leicester didn’t want to loan him, they were hoping to sell him for over £20m+ (they paid nearly £30m). We had to remain patient to see that no bidders with the cash came forward, it’s obvious we couldn’t afford it unless we had been able to sell Mitro at least. We didn’t sell anyone (all outgoings were loans I think). It was a risk that he went elsewhere, but I’m convinced he was on Rafa’s A list all the time, and Jorgensen B or C. Rafa didn’t want to spend £20m on Jorgensen, if he could help it, and he really wanted Prem experience. Rafa was confident throughout last weekend that he was going to get what he wanted, and was probably more than happy to let everyone think that was Jorgensen.

    • Damon Horner

      Agreed. I think he’s better than some think.

  • Jimmy_toons

    Two thirds of the way into the season and we eventually get a half decent centre forward in who might make the difference and get us the goals we need to stay up. Watching Joselu’s performance tonight showed up his inabilities that decent strikers need of having self confidence and greed, knowing where the net is and finding it, and making runs into positions in anticipation of the ball being delivered into areas in the box. I wouldn’t criticise his effort, but if we want someone to run around up front maybe we should have got Mo Farrah in, he’ll do it all night.
    Missing chances cost us a win and 3 points tonight like it has regularly at home this season. Joselu’s 2 clear chances and Astu not putting Kennedy’s ricochet off the post away, meant we had settle for the draw.
    Must do better, and now with Jesus, Christian, Islam and Mohammad in our squad, surely the gods will be helping us?
    Great quote on the flag tonight in the Gallowgate, still need the fcb out.

  • Natturner26

    Shame he isn’t fit for the six-pointer Sunday.

  • Desree

    I personally think Slimani is the kind of player we need. Like Demba Ba was and we didn’t realise it. It has been a long time since we have seen a decent forward in the team. Remy the last player. Gayle is clearly an exceptional championship striker. In a better pl team he could be a good 3rd option.

    • theoriginalbomberman

      A bit harsh on Cisse. I’m pretty sure he scored at least 10 every season except his last one.

      • Desree

        Fair dos although I think Remy was the last player to get 15 in a season premiere league.