Real Madrid Ready To Bid for a Striker in January: The Top 5 Hotshots Linked

Michele TardioliContributor IIDecember 5, 2010

Real Madrid Ready To Bid for a Striker in January: The Top 5 Hotshots Linked

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    Jose MourinhoMassimo Cebrelli/Getty Images

    Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid have made a fantastic start to the La Liga season and, excluding the recent humiliating defeat to Barcelona, look set to rival the Blaugrana for the title this year.

    However, worrying injuries to Argentinian star Gonzalo Higuain and creative attacking midfielder Sergio Canales, in addition to Kaka's long-term injury woes and an insufficient supply of goals from France ace Karim Benzema, have left Mourinho craving a new attacking option.

    Despite being only two points behind league leaders Barca and with Cristiano Ronaldo in top form contributing more than his fair share of goals, Real Madrid seem likely to dip into the transfer market for a striker next month.

    Here are five centre forwards who have been linked to Los Blancos recently and have the potential to take Real to the top of the table come the end of the season.

Edin Dzeko

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    The 24-year-old is one of the most coveted strikers in Europe.

    Having made a €4 million move from Czech club FK Teplice to Wolfsburg in 2006, Dzeko quickly established himself as a top striker in the German Bundesliga and will only be allowed to move for some serious money.

    The towering forward currently boasts a stunning record of 65 goals in 109 Bundesliga appearances for Wolfsburg and at 24 years of age still has his best footballing years ahead of him.

    Has been linked with a host of European clubs in recent years with Real Madrid recently expressing interest and reportedly even having a bid rejected by Wolfsburg.

    Tremendous in the air and a real force on the ground, the Bosnian powerhouse will likely make an impact anywhere he goes. A top prospect for a top club such as Real Madrid, but potential suiters will have to splash the cash on Dzeko.  His contract runs until 2013.

Nilmar

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    Nilmar arrived from Brazilian giants Internacional last year for a fee of €10 million and bagged 12 goals in his debut season.

    This year, he is really making a name for himself with 10 goals in just 17 appearances so far, helping Villarreal propel themselves to third place in the league.

    The Brazilian international fits the La Liga style of play like a glove, and Mourinho could look to Nilmar to could come in and start banging in the goals without requiring much time to settle.

Romelu Lukaku

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    With huge potential, Lukaku is reportedly on the radar of just about every major club in Europe.

    The teenage Belgian is only 17 years old but can already be confident of getting the better of even the toughest opponent, as he is able to muscle opponents off ball and dominate in the air.

    He has the technique and skills to accompany his imposing build and has already started to prove that he can be a real goal machine with eleven goals in 23 games under his belt for Anderlecht this year.

    Lukaku recently scored his first goals for the Belgian national team, netting twice in a friendly match against Russia.  He would represent a smart choice for Real Madrid if they look to add power to their attack for years to come.

Hugo Almeida

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    Almeida is currently enjoying his best season yet for Werder Bremen, having joined in 2006 from Portugese side FC Porto.

    The Portugese international has already got nine goals in 18 showings for his club in all competitions this year and also holds an impressive tally of 12 goals in 32 games for Portugal.

    Left-footed Almeida is perhaps the least prolific scorer of this group of strikers, but he has a real presence in attack and an experienced head with plenty of international matches behind him.

Fernando Llorente

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    One of the top Spanish strikers yet to secure a big move, Fernando Llorente is a fully-fledged Spanish international with seven goals in 13 games.

    Llorente started his senior career for Athletic Bilbao in 2004 and has played there ever since, scoring 64 goals in 197 games for the team currently placed 10th in the Spanish La Liga.

    A towering striker with a real eye for goal and excellent positioning, the target man, who has never played in the UEFA Champions League, will feel that he deserves a chance to star for a side competing for major honours.

    As he is one of the few remaining players in the Spain side not playing for either Real Madrid or Barcelona, Bilbao might be forced to cash in on the star sooner rather than later.  However, he is tied down to a contract ending in 2012.

This Article Was Originally Published by IMScouting

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    This Article Was Originally Published by IMScouting.com.