Chelsea should prioritise West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino over a bid for Leicester City goal machine Jamie Vardy.
The Baggies forward has fallen out of favour under Tony Pulis at the Hawthorns, and may be on the move in January to help boost his chances of making Roy Hodgson’s squad for the European Championships in the summer.
Vardy has been prolific under Claudio Ranieri, but at the age of 28 his £30million price tag would be a steep investment and one not even Roman Abramovich would be likely to sanction.
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Guus Hiddink succeeds Jose Mourinho entrusted with the task of salvaging the Blues’ season, with the current crop of strikers at Stamford Bridge misfiring.
Diego Costa’s ruthlessness last season was a key reason Chelsea won the Premier League title last term, but the Spaniard looks disinterested and his constant feuding with Mourinho prompted fans to boo him in the 3-1 victory over Sunderland at the weekend.
Mourinho took the gamble to move for Radamel Falcao, but the former Manchester United striker has toiled even more than when he was at Old Trafford, with his solitary goal coming in the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace back in August.
Loic Remy has been bafflingly underused since signing from Queens Park Rangers in the summer of 2014, but could look to leave if he is not given any guarantees over his playing time.
The last striker Chelsea signed in January was Demba Ba – but Berahino has a drive and motivation to him that could ensure he be a bigger hit than the Senegalese was during his torrid time at Stamford Bridge.
His ambition has been well-publicised in recent months, and he fell out with club figures over the summer when he tweeted his anger at the club’s decision not to let him leave to join Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur.
The 23-year-old scored 20 goals across all competitions last term, yet will be available having managed to find the net just three times in 11 appearances so far this campaign.
Vardy is the better of the two players but Leicester would be unlikely to sanction his sale given their current position in the Premier League table.
There have been rumours in the past that the club would look to recruit someone from abroad – Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be ideal – but whether or not Hiddink wants to take that gamble remains to be seen.
Berahino would be the perfect fit for Chelsea, and them for him. At least he would (surely) be better than Falcao, right Blues fans?
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