West Brom have launched a shocking £21million swoop for Sporting Lisbon star Islam Slimani, whom Arsenal have long been targeting.

The Daily Mail claim the Baggies lodged the bumper offer in a bid to land the coveted striker.

However, The Portuguese giants value the Algeria ace at £26m.

Swansea and Everton have reportedly made enquiries about the target man, but Sporting have so far refused to do business.

Arsenal are also eyeing Slimani who could be the answer to Arsene Wenger’s problems up front.

Sporting are preparing to offer Slimani a bumper new contract to persuade him to stay. The player also has at least one lucrative offer from China, but that has not put off Arsenal.

The Gunners are in desperate need of another striker and Slimani has an impressive record.

Slimani bagged 32 goals in all competitions last season for club and country and has notched 56 in 107 games for Sporting over three years.

West Brom boss Tony Pulis is in the market for another striker as the Saido Berahino transfer saga rumbles on.

Pulis has also been linked with a move for Liverpool ace Christian Benteke.

The Belgium bruiser is deemed surplus to requirements at Anfield after a shocking 12 months at the club.

Meanwhile, Arsene wenger has insisted that he will not be rushed into any panic buys despite Arsenal getting their Premier League season off to a disastrous start on Sunday, in which their inadequate transfer business was exposed by a Liverpool side that needed just 45 minutes to work out how to crack Wenger’s makeshift defence.

Arsenal remain keen to bring in both a centre-back – Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi being their primary target – and a striker before the transfer window closes but are unlikely to be able to field a new recruit in time for Saturday’s trip to champions Leicester, where either Calum Chambers or Rob Holding are set to partner the returning Laurent Koscielny in defence.



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