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Barcelona have a six-man striker shortlist

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Barcelona's hunt for a new striker is getting more and more desperate by the day.

They were thought to be edging closer to completing a deal for Paco Alcacer from Valencia just yesterday, however, The Mirror have claimed the Spanish champions still have a six-man shortlist of potential options to support Luis Enrique's first choice trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

Finding a striker who is prepared to sit on the bench for large portions of the season and still capable of contributing when required is no easy task but it has been one of Barcelona's main targets for the summer.

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Alcacer reportedly matches the criteria Enrique is looking for but there are a few other shock inclusions in Barca's shortlist.

Arguably the most surprising name to appear is West Brom forward Salomon Rondon.

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The Venezuelan scored just nine times in his first season in English football but a full pre-season working under Tony Pulis has left him stronger, fitter and much better prepared for competing in the Premier League.

It showed during the Baggies' opening day victory over Crystal Palace, where he scored the only goal of the game with a header from inside the box.

Given Barcelona's style of play, it's unlikely he would score too many headed goals in La Liga but would offer Enrique a slightly different option to the usually formidable 'MSN' front three.

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Nevertheless, he does have previous experience in Spain's top division after scoring 25 goals from 67 appearances for Malaga between 2010-2012.

Ayoze Perez from Newcastle is another surprising candidate on Barca's list, but there have been rumours linking him with a move to Spain throughout the summer so, in fact, the chances of a move would appear just as unlikely as a deal for Rondon.

Atletico Madrid's Luciano Vietto and AC Milan's Carlos Bacca are both targets the Catalan giants have been following for a much longer period of time and would appear better suited to come in and do a job. Whether they would feel comfortable being back up to 'MSN' however, is an entirely different story.

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