Desperate Mourinho chasing Higuain

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Gonzalo Higuain hopes to follow in the footsteps of Diego Maradona at Napoli.GettyImagesCould Gonzalo Higuain be on the move again?

Chelsea's lack of attacking intent is forcing the club to make an audacious bid for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain in the January window. The Stamford Bridge outfit's recent goal-shyness was again evident as the London club failed to overcome Sunderland in the Capital One Cup. Blues boss Jose Mourinho is starting to run out of options up front with the likes of Fernando Torres, Willian, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba all failing to make the position their own this season. And Portugal outlet A Bola is reporting that Mourinho is becoming desperate, with the 50-year-old expected to make a move for Higuain in the next window -- despite the Argentina international joining the Serie A club only last summer.

Another Premier League club searching for a new striker is Arsenal and the Daily Star is claiming the Gunners have joined the race for young Auxerre striker Paul-Georges Ntep. The 21-year-old has been in strong form for the second-division French side this season, scoring six times in 15 appearances. The French under-21 international is being monitored by the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham, but Arsenal, who have a long history of developing young French talent, look to be leading the way. One big problem though -- Roma are also interested in securing the youngster's signature.

Finally, Stoke City are chasing young Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell. The 19-year-old has been out on loan with Wigan this season and has impressed with his performances in the Championship. However, Red Devils boss David Moyes wants to see his young starlet tested at a higher level and is considering loaning him out to a Premier League rival for the second half of the season. And according to the Mirror, Stoke boss Mark Hughes is hoping to snare Powell as he looks to fire his side up the ladder.


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