6 Strikers Chelsea Should Target in January

Garry Hayes@@garryhayesFeatured ColumnistNovember 10, 2013

6 Strikers Chelsea Should Target in January

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    Samuel Eto'o has been among the goals for Chelsea of late.
    Samuel Eto'o has been among the goals for Chelsea of late.Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

    January is fast approaching and with Chelsea sitting four points off the pace in the Premier League, Jose Mourinho will have one eye on the January transfer window to see who might be available to strengthen his squad.

    Defensive midfield remains an ongoing concern, with recent weeks highlighting the Blues' need for an extra squad member to help them through the remainder of the season, especially with Marco van Ginkel out injured until next year.

    It's in attack where Chelsea can benefit most from a new signing, though. While Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Torres have shown signs they are beginning to find their best form, Chelsea still lack quality in depth when it comes to their strikers.

    Just how vital that will be come the end of 2013-14 remains to be seen, but there can be no doubting a world-class addition to their attacking ranks will only strengthen Chelsea's bid to regain the Premier League trophy this term.

    Playing the role of talent scout, Bleacher Report highlights six strikers who could prove the difference for Mourinho and his men.

Javier Hernandez

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    According to the Daily Mail, Javier Hernandez has emerged as a potential transfer target for Arsenal of late, who find themselves in a similar position to Chelsea when it comes to strikers.

    If the reports prove to be true and the Gunners make a move for the Mexican in January, Chelsea should ensure they join the race to bring him to London.

    The Manchester United's front man comes with a proven pedigree and, during his first three years at Old Trafford, has shown the talent he is.

    Indeed, Chelsea know that all too well, with Hernandez finding the back of the net seven times against the Blues.

    Currently warming the bench at United due to the form of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, it could be a realistic possibility of Hernandez making the move as he searches for first-team football ahead of the World Cup if Mexico make it through their playoff with New Zealand.

Wayne Rooney

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    Jose Mourinho and Chelsea very publicly pursued Wayne Rooney in the summer, eventually conceding defeat when they drafted in Samuel Eto'o late in the transfer window.

    The Manchester United man has been in excellent form since then, proving why David Moyes was right to keep him at Old Trafford.

    United remained vigilant in their bid to keep Rooney in the summer and they would adopt a similar policy in January, no doubt. But just because their rivals will insist on Rooney not leaving, it doesn't mean the Blues shouldn't look to tempt him away again.

    While the Red Devils have struggled, Rooney has pulled his teammates out of some sticky situations this term. Yet for all the positive headlines, we know little about his future.

    Is he going to stay beyond his current contract? Is there a new offer on the table for him?

    Chelsea need to ask those questions again.

Diego Costa

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    A record of 13 goals in 12 league games this season tell their own story where Diego Costa is concerned.

    He has been in excellent form, firing Atletico to second in the table. He is a player who plays with an incredible intensity and his committed approach is something that will appeal to Jose Mourinho.

    Indeed, it's perhaps a quality in short supply at Stamford Bridge right now, so alongside his goal threat, Diego Costa would bring something extra to Chelsea.

    Costa has recently switched allegiance from Brazil to Spain and many teams will be hoping he feels up for a similar change when it comes to his club football.

    If that's the case, Chelsea should waste little time in persuading him West London is the ideal location for him to continue his rise in the game.


Loic Remy

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    Loic Remy scored the winner for Newcastle United against Tottenham Hotpsur this weekend—his seventh goal in eight games—proving he is returning to the type of form that once made him one of Ligue 1's most feared strikers.

    Injuries have held him back in the Premier League since he joined QPR from Marseille last January, but now he's fully fit, we're seeing the best of him.

    The Frenchman is a class act, as he has shown wherever he has played, but best of all for Chelsea is that he remains eligible for the Champions League this season, given Newcastle have not competed.

    That could prove invaluable as it is rare to find a striker of Remy's class who is not cup-tied come the January transfer window. He would add considerable firepower to Chelsea's ranks.

    One stumbling block could be the loan agreement between QPR and Newcastle and whether the Championship club could break it if Chelsea came calling to snap Remy up.

    Either way, if his form continues, it will be worth considering.

Christian Benteke

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    Like Loic Remy before him, Christian Benteke will give Chelsea the option to add a high-quality striker to their ranks in January who is eligible for the latter stages of the Champions League.

    The Belgian may not have the profile of Europe's leading strikers, but make no mistake: His star is rising with every performance. In the coming years he will be among the most sought-after front men in the game.

    Chelsea have made a habit of signing plenty of future stars in recent years, but while the likes of Romelu Lukaku are out on loan gaining experience, Benteke looks the real deal now.

    In a struggling Aston Villa side, Benteke has already scored four league goals this term. He has been struggling with injury in that time, making his feat all the more impressive.

    He brings something different to Chelsea's current strikers and would prove a fine addition.

    One concern would be where signing Benteke would leave Lukaku, however. They are both very similar players and while Chelsea could use more firepower in January, signing Benteke could prove a particularly short-sighted move given Lukaku returns from his loan spell at Everton when 2013-14 concludes.

Robert Lewandowski

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    What is the exact situation with Robert Lewandowski and his proposed transfer from Borussia Dortmund?

    We know he will not sign a new contract at the Westfalenstadion, meaning he will leave for pastures new in the summer, but will it be Bayern Munich or not?

    In October, the Daily Mail reported it wasn't going to be the case, suggesting that Lewandowski had in fact snubbed Bayern's advances. More recent reports in The Mirror, however, report a pre-contract agreement has been signed by the Polish striker and the reigning European champions.

    Whatever the case may be, until it is official, Chelsea should put themselves in the hunt for Lewandowski and attempt to lure him to England.

    He is an incredible talent and would make an already strong Blues line-up formidable.