Chelsea turn heat up on Diego Costa by stepping up new striker search

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Chelsea are said to be weighing up whether to pursue a new striker during the January transfer window amid growing concerns over current frontman Diego Costa, according to the Daily Mail.

Manager Jose Mourinho is still backing the Spanish international to turn his form around, but following their on field spat during the victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv on Tuesday there is a feeling that it would be more beneficial if he had some competition for his place in the side.

The Blues had initially not been planning an mid-season overhaul of their forward line, but The Mail claims that they have recently seen links to both Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann.

The Mail states that there were more pressing concerns to take of, but the lack of competition for a place with Costa has now forced them to rethink.

However, quick-fix options have emerged in the shape of Leicester’s Jamie Vardy and Saido Berahino of West Bromwich Albion, as they both have just 18 months left on their contracts and would both meet the Premier League’s criteria for a ‘homegrown’ player and would be available in Europe.

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