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Chelsea will buy a new striker in January. Will it be Alex Pato? And wil Malky Mackay leave Cardiff for Norwich?

Last Updated: 04/11/13 at 08:49 Post Comment

Alexandre Pato: Confirms bids were made but he is committed to helping Corinthia

Alexandre Pato: Confirms bids were made but he is committed to helping Corinthia

'Jose Mourinho has been given the green light to sign a new striker in the January transfer window to help Chelsea's title challenge,' writes Neil Ashton in the Daily Mail. This is odd because it's only a week since Fernando Torres' last revival and now Chelsea are once again at striker crisis point as Samuel Eto'o and Torres have scored just one Premier League goal each this season. And as for Demba Ba, the best he can hope for is a January loan move to West Ham.

So who could Chelsea sign? Well, Luis Suarez is mentioned as one name who fits Chelsea's profile and is not cup-tied but Ashton admits he will not leave Liverpool this season. You know who's good and not playing in Europe? Romelu Lukaku, that's who.

"Given his value, I think it is difficult for him to move to another Brazilian club," Corinthians director Roberto de Andrade told Radio Bandeirantes. "If the two clubs [Arsenal and Tottenham] are interested in Pato we do not exclude to sell him during the winter transfer market."

The man in question is of course Alex Pato, who is probably available in January if either of the north London clubs can stump up the cash. Both are likely to be in the marker for a new striker in January along with Chelsea. Wait a minute, have Chelsea thought about Pato? Three-way fight, anyone?

It seems a bit of a no-brainer. Malky Mackay is clearly not happy at Cardiff and his old club Norwich cannot be too happy with Chris Hughton, who has spent rather a lot of money and bought the Canaries a spot in the relegation zone.

'Should Norwich act, Mackay is in pole position to return to Carrow Road, where he spent six years as a player,' says the Daily Mail. Cardiff will presumably put a child in charge. Or Tony Pulis.

Harry Redknapp has hinted he may sign Yossi Benayoun...West Brom will revive their interest in Ghana striker Jordan Ayew in January...Chelsea are ready to recall Patrick Bamford from his loan spell at MK Dons - for a bigger challenge in the new year...Terry Butcher is at the centre of a managerial tug-of-war for his services - Hibs and Middlesbrough are said to be interested...Everton boss Roberto Martinez plans a £600,000 January bid for Dundee United defender John Souttar.

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