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Islam Slimani set for Newcastle loan from Leicester despite injury

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 29: Islam Slimani of Leicester in action during the pre-season friendly match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester C
Image: Injured Leicester striker Islam Slimani has agreed a loan deal at Newcastle - Sky sources

Newcastle have agreed a deal to sign injured Leicester striker Islam Slimani on loan, according to Sky sources.

The forward landed in Newcastle by private jet on Wednesday afternoon and completed the first part of a medical before heading to a private hospital for the second part.

Slimani suffered a thigh injury in training which will sideline him for two weeks, which was initially believed to have scuppered Newcastle's hopes of a permanent deal.

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West Ham and Monaco remained interested in Slimani despite his injury.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20: David Moyes manager of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth at London
Image: West Ham boss David Moyes was looking to sign Slimani

But Slimani, who has only started two Premier League games for the Foxes, appears to have opted for a short-term deal at Newcastle.

Slimani's arrival also means Newcastle have allowed Alexsandar Mitrovic to join Anderlecht, according to Sky sources.

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Leicester boss Claude Puel is understood to be happy to allow Slimani to leave despite also allowing Leonardo Ulloa to return to former club Brighton on a loan deal earlier this week.

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