Chelsea are reportedly interested in a move for £50-million rated Valencia forward Paco Alcacer.
The Sun report Jose Mourinho sent scouts to watch the striker in Los Che's 3-0 win over Getafe on Saturday night.
The Blues have not struggled to score goals this season, but summer addition Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy did fall short in the absence of star striker Diego Costa.
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However, the Brazilian-born Spain international made a goalscoring return against Aston Villa, following his three-match ban for violent conduct.
It seems Chelsea's poor start to the season, that has already seen them lose four Premier League games, has convinced Mourinho that he needs more firepower going forward.
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It makes for bleak reading for Falcao and Remy, but the forwards failed to grasp the opportunity handed to them in September.
Mourinho signed Falcao with the intention of returning the Columbian to his former glory, but, let's face it, the 29-year-old is a spent force.
Serious knee injuries have taken their toll on the former Atletico Madrid forward and his performances since moving to the Premier League have been poor.
He has scored one league goal for the Blues, but he never looked likely to find the net in performances against Walsall, Newcastle or Southampton.
Maybe a sign of things to come was his exclusion from the matchday squad against Villa, with Remy on the bench, behind Costa.
Alcacer has risen to prominence having scored six goals in his first ten appearances for the Spain national team. However, he has only managed to find the net once for Valencia this season.
Although, the 22-year-old did notch 14 goals in all competitions last season for Nuno Espírito Santo's side.
The tabloid claims the forward has a £56m buyout clause in his contract that 'could be negotiated down,' while super agent Jorge Mendes' influence at the club could be a bonus for the Blues.
Chelsea's poor start to the Premier League season has not been through their lack of goals; the Blues have scored 14 times this term - one less than third-place Manchester United.
It is their defence that has been the concern; they have shipped an eye-watering 17 goals, compared to the nine they had conceded at this stage last year.
While a new striker would provide the west London club with more options, a new centre-back has to be a top priority for Mourinho in the January window.
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