Goalscoring reinforcements imperative for Chelsea

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As Gary Cahill heads from Bolton to Chelsea, it would be fair to suggest that the England defender won't be the last new face through the doors at Stamford Bridge before the close of the transfer window.

And, now that Andre Villas-Boas has moved to reinforce his defence, the Blues boss must now surely focus on bolstering his strikeforce during January.

Chelsea are will already wave goodbye to Nicolas Anelka in the New Year, with the French forward set to join Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua.

But, far more significantly, Didier Drogba will represent the Ivory Coast in the Africa Cup of Nations from next month, while compatriot Salomon Kalou will also feature in the tournament.

So, with a frontline shorn of three senior pros and Fernando Torres worryingly out of sorts, Villas-Boas is expected to recruit further goal threats when the opportunity arises.

With Cahill set to sign for £7 million, Villas-Boas will reportedly use the remainder of his £150 million kitty to sign at least two more players, which would seemingly pave the way for a big-money striker signing.

Reports on Friday claim the Portuguese is prepared to smash the British transfer record in order to bring former charge Hulk to west London, and the Brazil international has made no secret of his desire to link-up with his old boss.

Hulk's goalscoring exploits over the past year or two have certainly been impressive but, with a buyout clause of €100 million written into his Porto contract, a move for the 25-year-old does not necessarily represent great value for money.

The Brazilian hotshot would also be cup-tied for the Champions League, should he join Chelsea, which is also a problem for another Blues target: Edinson Cavani.

The Napoli star has netted 43 times in 63 appearances since his move to the Stadio San Paolo in the summer of 2010 and, thus, has consistently been linked with a transfer away from Naples.

A £50 million winter move to Chelsea has been mooted, but it would appear more likely that Villas-Boas would formalise his interest in the 24-year-old during the summer, such are his European ambitions this season.

However, the likelihood of Villas-Boas discovering a world class centre-forward who has not already featured in European competition this year may be slim, and he could yet decide to swoop for Hulk and Cavani.

One thing is for certain, however, it is imperative Villas-Boas reinforces his goalscoring department during the transfer window, in order to negate the risk of falling further off the pace domestically.

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