Benitez: Napoli need a 40-goal-a-season striker

The Partenopei are in the market for a world-class forward to replace Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, who is set to complete his big-money move to Paris Saint-Germain
Napoli boss Rafael Benitez has revealed that the club are in the market for a striker who can net them 40 goals a season.

With star forward Edinson Cavani - who struck 38 times in all competitions last season - set to join Paris Saint-Germain, the Partenopei coach has made a top-quality replacement his primary objective.

Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain and Internacional hitman Leandro Damiao have both been strongly linked with a move to the San Paolo in recent weeks, but Benitez was keeping his cards close to his chest during a media grilling on Sunday.

“We're looking for a striker who can score 40 goals per season," the Spaniard told reporters. "But there are not too many of them around."

Consequently, Benitez is buoyed by his side's recent capture of Jose Callejon from Real Madrid, as he believes the winger is well capable of getting his name on the scoresheet.

"We have a number of players who can grab goals for us and we want to improve on last season’s figures," the former Liverpool manager explained.

"We’re not interested in players whose reputations go before them. Callejon, for example, can score between 10 to 20 goals per season."