AS Monaco wanted Martinez before Falcao

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Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur striker target Jackson Martinez was on the radar of AS Monaco before the club signed Radamel Falcao.

Claudio Ranieri spent big during the summer transfer window, bringing the likes of Falcao and James Rodriguez to the club as they prepared for life in the French top tier once again.

However, the ‘tinkerman’, as he was affectionately known during his spell in charge of Chelsea, had his eye on Martinez before the opportunity to bring the Colombian to the principality arose in a £50million move.

"I scouted both James Rodriguez and Jackson Martinez very carefully, when they were playing together for Porto,” Ranieri told O Jogo.

"Then, one day, our chairman asked me if I were interested in Falcao. I told him I was, since I consider him a very good professional as well as a terrific player, and Rybolovlev brought him here."

Martinez was heavily linked with a move away from Porto in the summer, with both the Blues and Spurs thought to be tracking the player.

Jose Mourinho did add a striker to the ranks at Stamford Bridge, with Samuel Eto’o moving to west London from Anzhi in Russia.

The club also let a young forward leave the club, with Romelu Lukaku moving to Everton on loan.

Tottenham Hotspur, meanwhile, spent big to bring Roberto Soldado to White Hart Lane from Valencia.

And the Spaniard has hit the ground running for Spurs, scoring twice from the penalty spot in his first two games for the north London outfit.

Andre Villas-Boas remains relatively short of options in attack this season however, and if Emmanuel Adebayor leaves the club as expected, then Tottenham Hotspur could be in the market for another forward once again in January.

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