The lengthy injury to Andy Carroll last season proved just how little depth we have up front. Carlton Cole was an able, but not spectacular, deputy and Modibo Maiga and Mladen Petric were simply not up to standard.

Even with the signing of Mauro Zarate completed, Sam Allardyce was quoted earlier this week saying that he wants to add two new attackers before the window closes so as to avoid a repeat of last year.

Instead of focusing on Italians past their peak such as Quagliarella and Borriello, we should look at some real, long-term options. Here are five candidates that we have been linked with in this window…

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