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Top 5: Striker targets for Premier League clubs

Falcao scored a hat-trick against Chelsea in August (©GettyImages)
Falcao scored a hat-trick against Chelsea in August (©GettyImages).

The Premier League already boasts some of the best strikers in world football, the likes of Robin Van Persie, Luis Suarez and Carlos Tevez, but if the speculation is to be believed, there could be one or two additions to this elite club come January.

A number of top clubs are in desperate need of a new forward - not least Liverpool and Chelsea - while Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United have all been linked with moves for new strikers.

When the New Year rolls around, these clubs are unlikely to be pilfering the bargain buckets in the January sales - they will be at football's top table, shopping for the best and brightest of world football.

So, with that in mind, GMF profiles five of the best strikers who could be playing their football in England come January 31…

Radamel Falcao | Estimated price: £46m | Reported interest: Chelsea, Manchester City

Other than the freakishly good Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, nobody has scored more goals in La Liga than Radamel Falcao since 2011.

The Colombian international moved to Atletico Madrid for £36m in 2011 - so he won't come cheap. He's admitted he's keen to try his hand away from La Liga, piquing the interest of Chelsea and Manchester City, and the Premier League looks a good fit for this bull of a centre-forward.

Strong in the air, and good with either foot, Falcao has been mooted as a possible long-term replacement for Didier Drogba at Stamford Bridge. And with 35 goals in 46 league games, the Colombian has the pedigree to do the job.

Chance of Premier League move: 5/10

Atletico Madrid's determination to keep hold of Falcao makes a summer move more likely

Adrian | Estimated price: £12m | Reported interest: Arsenal

The Gunners are reportedly on the lookout for a striker in January, and this young Spanish international fits the bill.

Falcao's strike partner at Atletico Madrid is less of an out-and-out number nine, but still gets among the goals, and Adrian certainly possesses all the attributes to shine in the Premier League.

The 21-year-old is thought to have a £12m minimum fee release clause in his contract, which puts him well within Arsenal's budget for the January transfer window.

But Atletico are unlikely to want to lose Adrian and Falcao in the same window. If Arsenal want to secure their man, they'll have to move fast.

Chance of Premier League move: 8/10

Arsenal have money to spend in January, and the Gunners boss is reportedly keen on Adrian

Robert Lewandowski | Estimated price: £12m | Reported interest: Manchester United

The Old Trafford club have no shortage of top quality strikers - but the Robert Lewandowski to United link just won't go away.

The latest news is that a move is likely to happen in the summer, and while a price in the region of £12m has been rumoured, that sounds a little cheap for a player of this class.

Borussia Dortmund are believed to value Lewandowski a little closer to £24m, and the 24-year-old certainly looks to be worth every penny.

He's already helped to dump title rivals Manchester City out of the Champions League, and the Poland international has an incredible goalscoring record in Germany - 39 goals in 79 league games.

Dortmund reportedly paid €4.5m to Lech Poznan for Lewandowski in June 2010 - they can expect a lot more if they decide to sell.

Chance of Premier League move: 5/10

Manchester United are in no rush, and Borussia Dortmund are reluctant to sell - this one could drag on until summer

Klaas Jan-Huntelaar | Estimated price: £6m | Reported interest: Liverpool, Arsenal

The Holland international is reportedly set to leave Schalke at the end of the season, leading to speculation he could be available for a knock-down price in January.

Rather than risk losing him for free, recent reports have suggested Huntelaar's on the table for £6m, and at that price there's sure to be a cluster of Premier League clubs eager to snap him up.

The 29-year-old Dutchman gave Arsenal a glimpse of what he's capable of, scoring against them twice in the Champions League group stage this season.

And the Emirates Stadium looks like the most likely destination for the former-Real Madrid striker. The Gunners lack a goal poacher - Huntelaar is exactly that.

Chance of Premier League move: 8/10

Very likely. A host of Premier League suitors, and an expiring contract makes a move probable.

Fernando Llorente | Estimated price: free | Reported interest: Tottenham and just about everybody else

"Yes, I'm leaving [Athletic Bilbao] on June 30." The words that Premier League managers across England had been waiting to hear.

Earlier this week, Fernando Llorente finally revealed he will indeed be leaving Bilbao, sparking a scramble for his signature that is sure to be played out on the back pages for weeks to come.

Premier League clubs can sign a pre-contract agreement with Llorente from January 1 onwards, and with Spurs, City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea all keen on snapping up one of the bargains of the season, there could be a few twists and turns in January.

Chance of Premier League move: 9/10

Extremely likely. The Spaniard is coveted by a number of top clubs, and has said he's ready to try something new - it's a toss-up between Serie 'A' and the Premier League.

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