5 strikers destined for the Premier League this summer

Of the 102 transfers completed by Premier League clubs at the time of writing, a measly 16.67% of the players that have been bought or loaned were strikers.

Goals ultimately win games and every team competing in English football’s elite league are acutely aware of the virtues of possessing a prolific forward in their starting eleven, more often than not paying an inflated premium to obtain their exceptional talent.

Several high-calibre forwards from across the football globe have been linked with a move to the Premier League before the transfer window closes its doors. Here are five that could be calling England their home by the end of the month…

Karim Benzema

“I can only repeat what I’ve said: if an exceptional solution turns up, we will do it,” were Arsene Wenger’s words after the 2-0 defeat to West Ham in Arsenal’s opening Premier League match of the season.

The “exceptional solution” hinted at by the Gunners boss is most likely long-term target Benzema, who he is convinced can turn Arsenal into genuine Premier League title challengers. Wenger has made successive raids on Spain in the last two seasons – signing Mesut Ozil in 2013 and Alexis Sanchez last summer – and he’ll hope to complete a stunning treble by persuading Real Madrid to finally part with Benzema, though its understood he will command a club record fee eclipsing that of the £42.5million paid for Ozil.

Jordan Rhodes

Rhodes has long been linked with a move to the Premier League and he has netted 74 goals in 143 games across three seasons at Blackburn, who are likely to cash in on their prized asset this summer after being placed under a Football League transfer embargo for breaching Financial Fair Play rules.

The Scotland international is rumoured to be a prominent name on Sunderland’s shopping list, with Dick Advocaat keen to invest the £8million the Black Cats received from Crystal Palace for Connor Wickham in a proven goal scorer to invigorate an impotent attack.

Charlie Austin

Austin is widely tipped to leave QPR after the London club were relegated from the Premier League last season, though nothing has transpired as of yet and the 26-year-old featured in the R’s opening game of the Championship campaign, a 2-0 defeat at Charlton.

Newcastle, Tottenham and West Ham have all been linked with Austin, who scored 18 top-flight goals last term and received an England call-up, while Chelsea have also been credited with an interest, though his £15million price tag is seemingly proving prohibitive for potential suitors.

Islam Slimani

Slimani is a player whose name has been a regular in Premier League gossip columns for a number of years. Several top-flight clubs are thought to be interested in the services of the Algerian international who has two years to run on his contract at Sporting Lisbon.

An impressive campaign in Portugal, in which he scored 15 times in 33 appearances, had alerted West Ham and a deal was thought to be close to completion before it unexpectedly fell through, with Leicester now entering the tussle for the 27-year-old striker’s signature.

Edinson Cavani

One significant digit remained conspicuously unassigned when Manchester United announced its squad numbers for the new season. Whether the decision not to allocate the number nine shirt was intentional or inadvertent, all signs point to Louis van Gaal signing a striker to fill that red jersey before the end of the transfer window.

Cavani seems like the most feasible candidate following a breakdown in his relationship with former United defender Laurent Blanc and his future at PSG looks uncertain. Van Gaal is aware he requires an alternative to Wayne Rooney in attack after the sale of Robin Van Persie, but will reportedly face competition from rivals Arsenal for the Uruguayan international.

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