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Real Madrid looking for a new striker in January after losing patience with stars

Los Blancos are ready to invest in a new striker come the January transfer window, according to reports being circulated in Spain

Madrid have been hit hard by the void left behind by the summer departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus. The club did not replace the Portuguese star and the burden of scoring goals was placed on the shoulders of Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. While both started the season in fine form, it became quite clear after a while that the duo was not anywhere near the same players without the presence of Ronaldo in the side.

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After also going through their fair share of injuries, the goals stopped flowing and Real Madrid began to suffer. The club went 465 minutes without a goal and as a result, Julen Lopetegui got the boot the sack after a nightmare run one win in seven games. Now, Madrid are preparing to bring in a forward when the transfer window reopens in January, according to Spanish newspaper SPORT.

Reports suggest Florentino Perez is targetting an experienced forward who can see them through to the end of the season when they can make a big-money signing. Falcao remains a realistic possibility after growing tired of the current situation at Monaco, which sees the club languishing at 19th in the Ligue 1 table. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one that pops up as he could be available on a short-term deal from the MLS. The club was also linked with Edinson Cavani last summer, but the Uruguayan decided to stay put in Paris, though they could still return for the 31-year-old.

Two other potential targets are big-hitters this season in La Liga itself, in the form of Maxi Gomez and Borja Iglesias. Gomez has sounded out a notice to the entire division since arriving at Celta Vigo last season from Defensor Sporting. The 22-year-old has notched six league goals in ten matches this season for the Andalusians. Spaniard Iglesias is another player talked off as a future Bernabeu player. The Espanyol center-forward has scored seven goals in 12 outings this campaign, helping his sit at fifth in the table. Madrid currently sit one place below Espanyol at sixth place after 12 matches.

Author’s take

Madrid are surely in need of reliable strikes, more so in terms of fitness than goals, considering that both Bale and Benzema have had terrible injury records recently. And going for youngsters like Gomez and Iglesias makes perfect sense in the long-term, though how they fare is an altogether different question.

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