Leicester City’s Islam Slimani was on loan at AS Monaco last season, managing nine goals and seven assists in 19 league appearances.

The striker was out of favour under Robert Moreno, and the latter’s successor, Niko Kovač, has decided not to sign the Algerian on a permanent deal.

Two days ago, L’Equipe reported Rennes are interested in the 32-year-old and they are said to be ‘in contact’ with him.

Slimani’s contract at the King Power lasts until 2021 and according to Foot Mercato, the Foxes are more open to the idea of him leaving permanently this summer.

‘Things are heating up’ for the former Sporting man at Rennes, because in recent hours the Ligue 1 side and Leicester have come closer to reaching an agreement for the player’s transfer.

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It’s claimed all details of the move have not been settled, but a deal could be concluded for €8m and there’s a ‘verbal agreement’ between the two clubs.

The French club have qualified for the Champions League and they wanted to bring in an experienced striker. Foot Mercato believe Rennes have found that the form of Slimani.