Real Madrid are targeting a new centre-forward with Monaco striker Radamel Falcao and Liverpool star Luis Suarez their preferred targets, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.
The La Liga title hopefuls were linked with both players during a particularly hectic summer, with the need for a striker particularly highlighted by the departure of Argentine international Gonzalo Higuain to Serie A club Napoli.
However, despite their rumoured interest in a variety of top-class frontmen throughout Europe, the somewhat frustrating and protracted negotiations involving Gareth Bale's world-record move from Premier League outfit Tottenham left little time for another 'Galactico' signing in the Spanish capital.
But with doubts also surfacing around the future of Karim Benzema, Marca have claimed that Real and new manager Carlo Ancelotti, having seen the club's finances adequately replenished by the £42.5 million sale of talented playmaker Mesut Ozil to Arsenal on deadline day, could make a move for either Falcao or Suarez during the January transfer window.
Colombian international Falcao only moved to the wealthy Ligue 1 leaders from Real's rivals Atletico Madrid during the summer, but reports quickly surfaced that the 27-year-old was unhappy with apparent plans to cut his tax-free salary at Stade Louis II. Falcao has since refuted those claims, however.
Suarez, meanwhile, endured a very difficult summer after declaring his intentions to leave Anfield in order to pursue Champions League football. With Arsenal and Real reportedly among his suitors, the Uruguayan, who is currently serving a 10-match ban after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during a Premier League fixture in April, was hopeful of a move but was ultimately left disappointed as nothing concrete ever materialised.
It appears as if the controversial 26-year-old will be welcomed back into the Liverpool fold by manager Brendan Rodgers upon the completion of that aforementioned ban, but it remains to be seen if, with Daniel Sturridge in such unstoppable form, they will stand in Suarez's way if they receive an offer that matches their valuation.