Islam Slimani ‘rejected Aston Villa January loan move as Leicester striker didn’t want to be in a relegation battle’
- Aston Villa were keen to sign Leicester striker Islam Slimani on loan in January
- However, according to reports Slimani only wanted to join a big English club
- The 31-year-old Algerian international is currently on loan at Ligue 1 side Monaco
Aston Villa may have signed one striker in the January transfer window, but they were thwarted in their bid to add another due to their precarious league position.
However, they report that Algeria international only wished to return to the Premier League if a big club came in for him rather than one fighting relegation.
Islam Slimani reportedly rejected a move to Aston Villa as he didn’t want to fight relegation
The Leicester striker is currently on loan at Monaco and only wanted to join a big English club
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The 31-year-old had been linked with moves to Manchester United and Tottenham last month but neither materialised.
Slimani is currently on loan at Ligue 1 side Monaco and has scored eight goals in 15 league appearances for them so far.
Villa were on the lookout to bolster their forward ranks in light of Wesley’s season-ending knee injury against Burnley on New Year’s Day.
Dean Smith’s did manage to complete the £10million signing of striker Mbwana Samatta from Genk last month.
The 27-year-old opened his Villa account in their 2-1 Premier League defeat at Bournemouth on February.
Villa, who sit 17th in the Premier League and one point above the drop zone, host Tottenham on Sunday afternoon.
Villa did sign a striker in January in Mbwana Samatta who opened his account vs Bournemouth