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Jackson Martinez Open to Transfer Amid Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Reports

PORTO, PORTUGAL - OCTOBER 1:  Jackson Martinez of FC Porto in action during the UEFA Champions League group stage match between FC Porto and Club Atletico de Madrid held on October 1, 2013 at the Estadio do Dragao, in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Miguel Riopa/EuroFootball/Getty Images)
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Christopher AtkinsContributor INovember 14, 2013

Porto striker Jackson Martinez has given hope to his numerous suitors by admitting he would like to make a "good transfer" sooner rather than later.

Jackson has scored a sensational 33 goals in 39 games since arriving in Portugal last year. He has been targeted by Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham, according to the Daily Star's David Wright.

When asked about his future, Martinez gave hope to his trio of Premier League admirers:

The years are passing and one day I hope to make a good transfer. It clearly depends on Porto, a club that sells its players so well. Leaving or staying depends on Porto but I will only go if there is something concrete.

Only this summer, per Sky Sports, Martinez was heavily linked with a move to Rafael Benitez's Napoli—even after the club captured Gonzalo Higuain. The transfer fell through, though, and the Italians instead moved for countryman Duvan Zapata.

With Napoli seemingly out of the running, competition for Martinez's signature appears to be an internal Premier League battle.

Jose Mourinho's Chelsea have yet to settle upon a first-team striker, despite Fernando Torres' recent improved form. Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool are short of strikers beyond Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, while Tottenham have struggled to score goals all season thus far.

One thing almost guaranteed from Martinez based on recent seasons is goals.

Given his success at Porto and his international record, work permit regulations will not be a problem for the striker. However, the Portuguese side's reputation for demanding huge transfer fees could be a stumbling point.

James Rodriguez moved to Monaco last summer despite frequent links to the Premier League in recent seasons, while Hulk was another target for English clubs who headed elsewhere for an enormous transfer fee when he joined Zenit for €70 million.

The Daily Star report claims that a "massive offer" would be needed to secure Jackson's signature, which may be a stumbling block for some of those interested.

If he does transfer his goalscoring ratio into the Premier League, though, a fee well in excess of €30 million would be a worthwhile investment.

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