Chelsea have settled on a reported four-man shortlist of strikers they could look to sign in January, as reported by different news outlets, among them The Times.
Manager Guus Hiddink recently conceded that The Blues are short of depth up front. At the moment, the Dutchman’s only fit options are Diego Costa and Loic Remy, which is a deep concern.
Accoring to The Times’ Matt Hughes, the defending Premier League champions are “considering making bids” for Atletico Madrid’s Jackson Martinez, Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino.
Chelsea are also looking at a less expensive option. That being Emmanuel Adebayor. The Togo striker has been without a club since leaving Tottenham during the summer and could be brought in on a “short-term deal”. He’s seen as an absolute last resort.
Martinez has struggled to regain his Porto form at Atletico. The 29-year-old Colombian scored an impressive 92 goals in just 132 matches for the Portugese giants, but has found the net just twice in 14 matches in Spain.
The same goes for Berahino. The 22-year-old scored 14 goals last season for West Brom, but has struggled to get his scoring machine going this Premier League campaign, as he sits at just three goals in 15 appearances.
But both Berahino and Martinez have shown flashed of brilliance over the years, which could entice Chelsea.
It’s a different story regarding Vardy. The Leicester striker has scored a league leading 15 goals so far, leading his club to an unexpected second place in the table. However, The Foxes will be hard to persuade. They have stated on a couple occassions that they are not planning to sell Vardy this transfer window.