Watford's reported interest in Leicester striker Islam Slimani has died with the departure of ex-head coach Marco Silva.

Slimani interest slides with Silva

Slimani interest slides with Silva

The Portuguese tactician, sacked after just over six months at the helm, was the driving force behind the Hornets' interest in the Algerian.

Slimani was a key figure in the Sporting Club side that won the Portuguese Cup under Silva a few seasons ago, but his chances have been limited at Leicester.

It looked like a deal that could suit all parties, if the price or loan terms were right, but Watford are unlikely to pursue Slimani now Silva has been shown the door.

New head coach Javi Gracia could ask to be reunited with winger Nordin Amrabat, who he worked with at Malaga in the past.

The Moroccan wideman, who was loaned by Watford to Leganes at the start of the season, scored six goals in 20 La Liga starts for Gracia's Malaga three years ago.

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