Chelsea & Tottenham interest in striker confirmed by agent

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Chelsea and Tottenham are among several clubs interested in signing CKSA Moscow striker Seydou Doumbia, according to the player's agent.

26-year-old Doumbia - an experienced Ivorian international - moved to Arena Khimki from Swiss side Young Boys in 2010 and has been prolific in Russia, netting 13 times in just 15 games for the defending champions already this season.

Premier League duo Everton and Newcastle - along with Monaco and Turkish champions Galatasaray - have been previously linked with the £17.5 million-rated frontman, but his representative has confirmed that there are several clubs following his client.

"[The interest of] Galatasaray about Seydou Doumbia? I do not know if it is genuine interest. I know that he is followed by Napoli, Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea but I cannot say any more," Malik Arutyunov told Radyospor in an interview that was quoted by talkSPORT.

While it appears that there could well be a fierce battle for Doumbia's signature on the horizon, there can certainly be no question over Chelsea or Tottenham's evident need for reinforcements in the final third.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho lined up without a recognised forward in the Champions League on Wednesday night, with German international Andre Schurrle chosen ahead of Fernando Torres to lead the line in the absence of Samuel Eto'o during the defeat to Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes.

Tottenham, meanwhile, invested a huge sum of money to bring Roberto Soldado to White Hart Lane last summer, yet the former Valencia marksman has done preciously little to prove that he is up to the challenge of Premier League football during his short spell in England to date.

And although Emmanuel Adebayor appears to have experienced somewhat of a renaissance since being brought back into Tottenham's first-team fold by Tim Sherwood, he is notoriously inconsistent and surely cannot be relied upon as the club's main forward option.

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