Fulham boss Ranieri lining up reunion with Leicester outcast Slimani to boost survival hopes

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CLAUDIO RANIERI is ready to make a move for Islam Slimani to help boost Fulham’s hopes of Premier League survival, according to reports.

Ranieri has been hard at work since his arrival at Craven Cottage assessing what can be done to his squad to give them the best chance of avoiding relegation.

Islam Slimani has been linked with a January move to Fulham
Islam Slimani has been linked with a January move to Fulham
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And chief among the areas of concern is the lack of goals in his struggling side with much of the onus placed on Aleksandar Mitrovic to find the net.

Fulham have scored just 16 times in the league this season, with Mitrovic contributing seven of those.

But his double in the 3-2 win over Southampton are the only times he has found the net since September – and Ranieri knows he needs other options when the Serb is not firing.

The Telegraph claim one option will be to make a move for Leicester outcast Slimani – who Ranieri took to the King Power Stadium in the summer after they were crowned champions.

Claudio Ranierio forked out £29m to take Slimani to Leicester - and is now keen to take him to Craven Cottage
Claudio Ranierio forked out £29m to take Slimani to Leicester – and is now keen to take him to Craven Cottage
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Fenerbahce would be willing to cut short their season long loan deal for Slimani if Leicester could find a buyer
Fenerbahce would be willing to cut short their season long loan deal for Slimani if Leicester could find a buyer
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Slimani found it difficult to dislodge Jamie Vardy as the main striker with the Foxes following his £29million move from Sporting Lisbon.

And he was shipped out on a season-long loan to Fenerbahce last summer as Claude Puel looked to move in a different direction with his side.

That move has failed to ignite the Algerian, who has scored just three goals in 16 appearances for the Turkish side.

But Ranieri is still a huge fan of the 30-year-old who had a brilliant record in Portugal scoring 48 goals in 82 appearances for Sporting.