Five African players desperately in need of a deadline-day move

Islam Slimani celebrates his winner for Leicester. Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images

These five African stars are desperate for an escape route from their current club, but will they get it before the window closes?

Islam Slimani had been tipped for a move to AS Monaco earlier this window, with the Algeria international a potential option for the Monegasques as they look to replace the goals that will be lost when Kylian Mbappe completes his exit to Paris Saint-Germain.

Slimani hardly hit the ground running after signing for Leicester City from Sporting Lisbon for a club-record fee last term, but anyone who observed his performances in Portugal knows just how lethal he can be in front of goal.

While Monaco's signing of Stevan Jovetic appears to have ended any potential of Slimani move to the Principality, the Leicester Mercury have reported that both Watford and Newcastle United are both considering the North African.

Giannelli Imbula > Toulouse FC: Max Gradel (temporarily?) ended his unhappy spell in the Premier League by securing a season-long loan move to Toulouse from Bournemouth, and Imbula appears primed to do the same.

The Franco-Congolese midfielder has failed to make the grade after joining Stoke City - despite his undisputed quality - and both Le TFC and Torino have been linked to the 24-year-old.

A return to France might help Imbula re-establish himself after making just 14 league outings in each of the last two campaigns, but don't expect Stoke to recoup anything like the £18.3 million they paid Porto for his services.

Wilfried Bony > Swansea City: Bony clearly has no place in Pep Guardiola's plans at Manchester City, but if Swansea or any club could help him rediscover the form he showed before moving to the Etihad Stadium, he could yet be a terrifying presence.

Despite various suitors, the Ivorian would represent a gamble after only netting twice during the whole campaign on loan at Stoke City last term, but Swansea are reportedly favourites to rescue him from his inactivity in Manchester as they look to reinvest the money made in Gylfi Sigurdsson's sale to Everton and bring the former Vitesse Arnhem man back to South Wales.

Nampalys Mendy > Nice: Mendy endured a miserable maiden season in England, as injuries limited his impact and he wholly failed to demonstrate that he could step into N'Golo Kante's shoes.

Despite his struggles at the King Power Stadium, Mendy remains an excellent defensive midfielder and, as a proven quality in Ligue 1, is unsurprising that there's been interest from France.

According to The Guardian, the Franco-Senegalese midfielder rejected the opportunity to join Rennes, but will be willing to join OGC Nice.

Should Les Aiglons cash in on Jean Seri, could Mendy be an ideal replacement?

Waris Majeed hasn't always managed to demonstrate consistency during his career, but he remains a coveted hotshot, and anyone watching him during one of his hot streaks would understand why.

The Ghana international is currently languishing in Ligue 2 following FC Lorient's relegation, and is desperate for a move away from the club.

He had been understood to be en route to Burnley, but according to Sky Sports, West Ham United have opened talks with Les Merlus about a potential deal.

Could the Hammers get this one over the line before the window closes?