Real Madrid enter race for in-demand Porto striker

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Real Madrid have entered the race for Porto striker Jackson Martinez, according to Marca.

The Colombian forward has been in exceptional form since joining Porto, and has 40 goals in 44 league appearances for the Portuguese giants.

Previously, the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham have been linked with a move for the 27-year-old.

Now though according to Marca, Real Madrid are ready to make a move for his services in an attempt to solve their own striker crisis.

Having let Gonzalo Higuain leave, Los Blancos have Karim Benzema as their only recognised senior striker.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti has Alvaro Morata waiting in the wings, but appears keen on securing another forward having been linked with a move for Luis Suarez during the summer transfer window.

Martinez and his agent have both spoken of signing a new deal with Porto recently, although the player has also suggested he is open to leaving as well.

According to Marca, Martinez has a release clause of €40 million, which could increase to €60 million if he does sign a contract extension.

The Spanish paper also claims Martinez has turned down offers from Manchester United and Napoli in the past.

Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea are all in need of forward reinforcements in the January transfer window.

Spurs are unlikely to spend such a large sum in the winter window having already splashed more than £100 million in the summer on new arrivals at White Hart Lane, despite manager Andre Villas-Boas's connection with Porto.

The Gunners meanwhile may once more flex their financial muscles by trying to land Martinez in January, having shattered their club record by landing Mesut Ozil for £42.5 million on deadline day.

Chelsea are also short of in-form attacking options despite adding Samuel Eto'o to their ranks in the summer. Reports suggest Chelsea view Martinez as an alternative to Wayne Rooney, who they tried to lure from Old Trafford before the start of the season.

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