Five strikers Chelsea should consider if they fail to sign Antoine Griezmann

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Chelsea have been dealt a boost in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann after Diego Simeone admitted he cannot stop the Frenchman from moving elsewhere.

Such news will be welcomed warmly by Blues manager Guus Hiddink, who is reportedly scouring the transfer market for a proven goalscorer to help his side in the second half of the season.

However, with competition for Griezmann's signature high and Chelsea looking likely to miss out on Champions League football next season, they might struggle to lure him to Stamford Bridge.


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As a result, they might have to look elsewhere for solutions to their issues in front of goal - and here are five strikers who could fit the billing.

1. Emmanuel Emenike

The Nigerian striker is reportedly close to agreeing a loan move from Fenerbahce to West Ham, but Chelsea are no strangers to hijacking transfers.

Perhaps a touch reminiscent of Didier Drogba, Emenike is a striker built for the Premier League - he’s big, powerful, quick and has a keen eye for goal.

Chelsea could do worse than to make a late swoop for a player who’s bustling style and power may cause a headache for Premier League defences.

2. Alexandre Pato

The Corinthians star is is on the cusp of signing a loan contract with the Blues and the reigning Premier League champions should do everything in their power to seal the deal.

Despite needing a return to his native Brazil to rediscover his goalscoring touch, Pato is an undeniably exciting player and could pose a significant threat operating as a striker or out wide at Stamford Bridge.

With no other suitors chasing his signature, the 26-year-old seems all but certain to get his chance to make a mark in the Premier League.

3. Carlos Bacca

Rumours of Bacca considering a switch to Chelsea from AC Milan have significantly quietened in recent times, but after scoring 12 goals in 24 appearances this season, Hiddink might be wise to reignite interest this month.

With Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao failing to trouble Diego Costa for his starting berth, Chelsea need an in-form striker to keep the Spaniard on his toes and Bacca looks to be the ideal candidate.

4. Alexandre Lacazette

Newcastle United are reportedly willing to splash £20 million on Lacazette this January after he revealed his desire to play in England earlier this month.

The Lyon striker was virtually untouchable last season, finishing with a staggering 27 goals in 33 Ligue 1 appearances.

The 24-year-old has not been quite as deadly this campaign with seven league strikes in 18 appearances, but form like that is still worth spending big on for a side in need of firepower.

5. Graziano Pelle

The door looks to be open for Pelle to secure a move away from Southampton this January following the arrival of Charlie Austin from Queens Park Rangers.

The Italian, who has notched seven goals in 18 Premier League outings this season, could be a worthy signing for Chelsea if Hiddink can help the striker rediscover his best form.

Pelle would provide a constant aerial threat for Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and company to aim for in the box - an option Chelsea have lacked in a striker since the days of Didier Drogba.

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