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Chelsea have two back-up options should Remy deal fail

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Jose Mourinho intends to sign a third senior striker for Chelsea following the departure of Fernando Torres - it's just a question of who.

According to the Daily Express, former-Newcastle frontman Loic Remy is his first choice target. Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers have been in negotiations and it's thought that an agreement is close.

But the French international almost joined Liverpool before failing a medical and Chelsea fear the same could happen again at Stamford Bridge. As a result, Mourinho has two forwards in mind as back-up options.

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The most realistic is Swansea striker Wilfried Bony. The Welsh club are in a strong negotiating position and would demand up to £24m to let him leave but Chelsea can afford it.

Swansea also signed Bafetimbi Gomis this summer and while they hope to partner the duo, they are at least safe in the knowledge that they won't be left without a senior forward should Bony depart for Champions League football.

Falcao option

The other potential option is Radamel Falcao. The Colombian international is widely believed to be available on a season-long loan deal with a view to a permanent move.

Arsenal and Real Madrid have been strongly linked, although the reported £20m fee is putting both clubs off. If Chelsea can negotiate a permanent clause it might worth taking a gamble on the forward.

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He is coming back from knee surgery after damaging his ligaments in a Coupe de France match for Monaco last January.

The need is great

Either way, Chelsea need to sign a striker to prevent failing back into the same problem that dogged them last season. While Diego Costa already looks a significant upgrade on anything Chelsea had last season, the options behind him are looking decidedly shaky.

Didier Drogba is 36 and has already suffered one injury scare. Patrick Bamford has been allowed to leave on loan again, while Mourinho has sold Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba. Samuel Eto'o left at the expiration of his Chelsea contract.

Another forward is badly needed to add strength in depth, and considering the relative hierarchies of the three options within European football, it seems Remy is the best bet.

The Frenchman wants Champions League football, so may be happy to sit behind Costa to get his wish of a top four move. In contrast, Falcao will likely demand first-team football.

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