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Real Madrid fans were polled on who they want to sign: Kane v Neymar v Mbappe

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Despite winning back-to-back Champions League trophies, Real Madrid are struggling this season under Zinedine Zidane.

Sitting 4th in la Liga, 'Los Blancos' were beaten 3-0 at home by runaway league leaders Barcelona last weekend and now trail their arch rivals by 14 points.

Zidane has a wealth of world class attacking options at his disposal but goals have been hard to come by this season.

Cristiano Ronaldo - who recently claimed his fifth Ballon d'Or - is Real Madrid's joint top scorer in La Liga with a measly tally of four goals.

Meanwhile, the summer sale of Alvaro Morata to Chelsea looks a costly mistake with French striker Karim Benzema constantly misfiring.

The 30-year-old frontman has only scored two goals in 12 La Liga appearances - and the fans have had enough of him.

"I don't agree with the critics," said Zidane when asked to comment on Benzema's performances. "But no matter. What interests me isn't only goals. I don't only see goals in Karim. He's a different player, he's not going to score 50 or 60 goals a season, but he does other things.

"He's a team player and one of the best in that sense. And I value that.

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"I'll defend him to the death."

Who will the next 'galactico' be?

Madrid based newspaper Marca ran a poll this week, asking fans who they wanted Real Madrid to sign as their next 'galactico'.

A whopping 85% of the 100,000 Marca readers who were polled believe Zidane needs to make some new signings in January.

They were asked to choose their ideal signing and were given the following options: Neymar, Eden Hazard, Harry Kane, Kylian Mbappe, Paulo Dybala, Robert Lewandowski and Mauro Icardi.

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Hazard, Dybala, Icardi and Lewandowski did not fare so well but there was one clear winner from the poll.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane received 34% of the vote whilst Neymar got 25% and Mbappe 14%.

Kane recently scored back-to-back hat-tricks to finish 2017 above Leo Messi as Europe's top goalscorer - racking up a staggering 56 goals for club and country.

The 24-year-old Englishman is yet to win a trophy in his career but has nonetheless suggested, on numerous occasions, that he plans to be in north London for the long haul.

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"My goal is to play my entire career only for Tottenham," said Kane in November.

"We have a fantastic team, a great coach, a professional training centre and we're getting a new stadium. At the moment, everything suits me here and I'm happy."

Who knows what would happen if Real Madrid were to come knocking with a £200m offer.

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Zinedine Zidane
Neymar
Paris Saint-Germain
Real Madrid
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Tottenham Hotspur
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