'That looks complicated': Rodgers puts doubt on Villa loaning Slimani

Brendan Rodgers pours doubt on Aston Villa taking over Islam Slimani’s Monaco loan, as Dean Smith is forced to look elsewhere for a striker

  • Aston Villa are in search of a striker with Wesley out injured for the long-term
  • Experienced Premier League striker Islam Slimani is out on loan to Monaco 
  • Villa want to take over the loan, but Brendan Rodgers doubts it can happen  

Brendan Rodgers has hinted that Aston Villa’s bid to sign Leicester striker Islam Slimani on loan will end in failure.

Slimani joined Monaco from the Foxes on a season-long loan last summer but Villa have shown an interest in taking over that arrangement for the remainder of the season, as they seek the firepower to keep them in the Premier League.

Villa are also closing on an £8.5million deal for Genk forward Mbwana ‘Ally’ Samatta but Slimani, 31, would offer the Premier League experience their boss Dean Smith craves.

Brendan Rodgers has squashed rumours that Islam Slimani will join Aston Villa on-loan

The striker is playing for Monaco, and Villa were hoping to take over the loan arrangement

But Rodgers said: ‘That looks like it’s probably going to be too complicated – there is an interest in him but he’s due at Monaco for the season so not sure if anything would happen on that, it just may be a little bit complicated.’

Rodgers is keen to bring in reinforcements of their own but indicated that Leicester – third in the table – are victims of their own success.

The club are keen to improve in central defence and out wide but have yet to make a decisive move in the winter market.

The relegation scrappers are in desperate need of a striker with Wesley out for the season 

Brendan Rodgers has admitted Leicester are victims of their own success in the market 

Rodgers added: ‘If you’re maybe further down the league it might be easier to get a player from one of the top clubs.

‘It’s also how well players have been doing – you don’t want to bring in players where you stockpile, you want real quality. The market in January is not always easy to do that in – there’s still a bit of time to go, and we work behind the scenes.’

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