Algerian veteran Islam Slimani is the new striker of Anderlecht after an eventful transfer day

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After an eventful transfer day, Anderlecht has a striker: the 34-year-old Algerian international Islam Slimani from the French first division club Stade Brestois. The Purple & White had to switch quickly, because it had actually set its sights on Tolu Arokodare, but Racing Genk took off with the great Nigerian from Amiens.

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The search for a striker has taken a lot of effort for Anderlecht. The Serbian Petar Ratkov (19) from TSC Backa Topolo was in pole position for a long time, but he just stayed with his club.

Subsequently, two alternatives were considered: the Venezuelan Sergio Cordova (26) from the German city of Augsburg and the Nigerian Tolu Arokodare (22) from Amiens. The latter seemed to be on his way to Purple & White, but Racing Genk snatched him away from Anderlecht after the transfer of Paul Onuachu.

The Purple & White had to act quickly, because the last hours of deadline day ticked away. When a bid of 2 million euros for Amine Salama was rejected by his club Angers, time really started to run out.

Finally, Anderlecht brought in the Algerian veteran Islam Slimani, who terminated his contract with Brest. Slimani has scored once in sixteen league games for Brest this season. He has 94 caps for Algeria to his name and scored 41 times. In the past he played for Sporting Lisbon, Leicester and Lyon, among others.

Slimani is said to be a physical and tireless player of 1m88 who weighs on defense and has a good header game. In Portugal he was the most productive with 51 goals in 91 league games. In addition to goals, he also always recorded quite a few assists.

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