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Jackson Martinez wanted by host of Premier League giants

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Porto star, Jackson Martinez, has hinted that he may choose to move to a bigger European club in the Summer, according to SkySports.

Martinez joined FC Porto in 2012 from Mexican side Chiapas for an estimated fee of around $11million. The player was brought in as a replacement for fellow Colombian forward, Radamel Falcao, who had then signed for Spanish giants, Atletico Madrid.

Since then the striker has gone on to score an impressive total of 43 goals in 53 games for the Portuguese outfit.

"The years are passing and one day I hope to make a good transfer," he told Portuguese reporters.

"It clearly depends on Porto, a club that sells its players so well. Leaving or staying depends on Porto but I will only go if there's something concrete", he continued.

Jose Mourinho is said to be keen on Martinez after having been left frustrated by Chelsea forwards Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and newly signed Samuel Eto'o.

Liverpool's interest may be more surprising given that they have possibly the best forwards in the Premier League this season. The current pairing of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have netted a total of 18 goals between the two and have helped propel the Merseyside club to second position in the league.

Tottenham Hotspurs' interest in the player may be more 'concrete' than the rest. Three of the club's forwards have not been performing as hoped; Roberto Soldado has struggled to score from open play, Jermain Defoe's been resided to the bench and Emmanuel Adebayor has been relegated to the reserves.

Spurs have been eager to prove their worth among Europe's elite and a move for Martinez could be just the push they need. The London club already have a talented group of players which include the likes of Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen, Christian Erikson and Erik Lamela.

The only stumbling block to the move will be FC Porto's valuation of the player. The Portuguese club is notoriously known for reselling their players at a substantial profit.

Examples of this are Zenit Saint Petersburg's Hulk and Monaco's James Rodriguez. The pair were sold for an combined estimated total of €70million.

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