MADRID - Real Madrid are on the look out
for a striker to help them through to the end of the season,
club director general Jorge Valdano told Spanish television on
Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain was ruled out for up to
four months after having back surgery in the United States on
Tuesday, and Jose Mourinho's only recognised alternative at
centre forward is the inconsistent Karim Benzema.
"We are scanning the market after the uncertainty over
Higuain was resolved," Valdano said.
"We'll see if we can find a player who can help us for six
months. We are being linked with a lot of names but it best
not to go into details, but it is true we are looking for a
Local media have linked the club with Bayern Munich's
Miroslav Klose and Manchester City's Emmanuel Adebayour among
Mourinho was keen to point out he was not unhappy with
France international Benzema, who has only managed one goal in
La Liga this season.
"We don't want a striker because we don't like Karim," the
Portuguese said after his side's 3-1 King's Cup quarter-final
first leg win over Atletico Madrid.
"Karim is working harder than ever, especially on his
defensive duties. He isn't selfish and he helps the team. It's
just he lacks a hunger for goals.
"Cristiano Ronaldo has hunger. Benzema is a great player.
When Valdano says they will try to sign a striker it's because
we only have Karim and we don't have an alternative."
Real came back to beat Atletico at the Bernabeu with goals
from Sergio Ramos, Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil. Benzema was
substituted in the second half.
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