Chelsea in secret talks with Martinez

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Jackson Martinez GettyImagesJackson Martinez could be the next big signing for Chelsea.

Chelsea are progressing with their search for a new striker, with the Mirror claiming that the Stamford Bridge outfit have held secret talks with Porto’s Jackson Martinez. Despite recruiting a number of attackers in the summer, Blues boss Jose Mourinho is still intent on adding to his strike-force with Monaco’s main man Radamel Falcao rumoured to be the main target. But according to recent reports, Falcao’s international teammate Martinez could be the man lured to London instead with the player’s agent, Henrique Pompeo, said to have held talks with Roman Abramovich aide Marina Granovskaia. Porto could sell the 27-year-old if they miss out on the Champions League knock-out stages.

Tottenham’s woes in front of goal could be soon resolved with The Sun reporting that Spurs are interested in signing the "Egyptian Messi" -- Basel’s Mohamed Salah. The 21-year-old Salah has made a stunning impact on English football after scoring two goals against Chelsea in this season’s Champions League. And Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas hopes that kind of form can be repeated in the Premier League with the north London club currently suffering in front of goal. Tottenham sporting director Franco Baldini was in Switzerland to watch the multifaceted striker and rumours insist a 20 million pound move in January could seal the switch.

And finally, Liverpool are looking to raid rivals Chelsea for Ryan Bertrand according to The Telegraph. Liverpool have been struck with a defensive problem after normal left-back Jose Enrique was ruled out until February with a knee injury. And Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, who made an approach for Bertrand in July, has made the 24-year-old his priority in the January window. Bertrand has struggled to make an impact at Chelsea this season with Spain international Cesar Azpilicueta used on the left as Ashley Cole struggles with a rib injury.


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