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Tottenham and Manchester United pursuing AS Monaco loanee Islam Slimani

Is this the striker Spurs are looking for?

Montpellier V Monaco. French Ligue 1, Regular Season. Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images

It seems like Tottenham Hotspur is perpetually in need of a new striker.

That is especially true right now, as Harry Kane is out for a lengthy period of time with a hamstring injury. With their talisman unavailable, for possibly the rest of the season, Spurs may now actually be trying to buy a striker.

According to RMC Sport, Spurs are in “active conversations” to sign Islam Slimani, who is currently on loan at Monaco.

Slimani is owned by Leicester, so any permanent purchase would have to be agreed upon with the Foxes. The report also claims that Manchester United is also in discussions to try and buy Slimani.

This is the third consecutive season that Leicester has sent Slimani out on loan. His first two loans were relatively unsuccessful spells at Newcastle and Fenerbahce, but this year has been different.

Slimani is killing it in Ligue 1. In 13 appearances so far, he has managed 7 goals. His most recent appearance came against PSG on January 12. The Algerian managed to score against the league leaders despite only playing 25 minutes after coming on as a substitute.

At 31-years-old, Slimani should still have a few more years left playing at a high level. RMC Sports add that it’s still unclear if any deal for the striker would be a permanent one or just a takeover of his current loan.

If Spurs can find a way to bring Slimani aboard, he could provide decent cover in Kane’s absence. At 6-foot-2 he would add a bit of size to Spurs’ attacking corps.

Slimani’s best season in the Premier League came during his first campaign with the Foxes, when he managed seven goals in 23 appearances.

If Spurs don’t end up with Slimani, they could opt to further pursue AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piątek.