Top Five: African All-Stars who could end Chelsea's striker hunt

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Chelsea have been linked with moves for Peter Crouch and Andy Carroll during the transfer window, while Michy Batshuayi has been tipped to depart

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    Chelsea's striker hunt

    Chelsea appear primed to sign a striker before the transfer window closes, with both Andy Carroll and Peter Crouch linked with a move to Stamford Bridge over the coming fortnight. They may appear unlikely candidates for a move to West London, but the Blues' desire to recruit either of the duo demonstrates their craving for a forward who can offer a little more physicality up top...and offer an aerial threat. However, rumours that Michy Batshuayi might be primed for the exit door at Chelsea may mean that Antonio Conte's side are also on the hunt for a speedier, more mobile attacker who could offer pace from the bench. Here are some African All-Stars who could help the Pensioners out through a sticky spell.
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    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal during the transfer window after emerging as the Gunners' top target. They'll certainly need more firepower once Alexis Sanchez departs, but it remains to be seen whether a deal can be agreed with the Gabon hitman. Chelsea were linked with Auba as recently as the summer, and while they opted for Alvaro Morata instead, could they be tempted back in for the Central African during the January window? With Aubameyang's relationship with Borussia Dortmund increasingly strained, Chelsea would surely represent an appealing option.

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    Islam Slimani

    The fact that Chelsea are considering a move for Carroll or 36-year-old Crouch means that a move for Slimani isn't completely as far-fetched as it sounds. The Algeria forward has been a flop at Leicester City since his big-money move-that's impossible to deny-but it was only 18 months ago that he was coming off the back of a campaign where he'd scored 27 in 33 in the Portuguese top flight for Sporting Lisbon. Those instincts don't just disappear overnight, and the North African isn't cup-tied for the Champions League, which might make him a particularly appealing option for Conte.
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    Wilfried Zaha

    Just last month, reports in the British media suggested that Chelsea were considering a move for Zaha in the January transfer window. Latterly, however, Liverpool have been linked with a bid for the Ivorian as they look to replace some of the windfall they've received from the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona. Rather than allow the Reds, one of their rivals for a top-four spot, to get their hands on the 25-year-old, the Blues would be wise to consider Zaha themselves. The attacker has scored four for struggling Crystal Palace this term, and after failing to make the grade at Manchester United, would surely relish the prospect of proving the Red Devils were premature in letting him go.
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    Odion Ighalo

    If Chelsea are after a forward who combines pace, power and goalscoring know-how in the Premier League, then surely they could do a lot worse than Ighalo. The Nigeria international is reportedly keen on a move back to England from China - there are doubts about whether he ever wanted to move to the CSL in the first place - and the Blues are one of the clubs who have the resources to bring him back to the top flight. While he lost his way at Watford, he scored 15 goals in the 2015-16 season, neither Crouch nor Carroll have ever netted as many in a Prem season.
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    Vincent Aboubakar

    One forward who's reportedly on the look out for a move to pastures new is Cameroonian hitman Aboubakar. Still only 25, the attacker still has his best years ahead of him, and has demonstrated an aptitude to adapt to new leagues and to bounce back from adversity during his career. He impressed in Turkey after being loaned out by FC Porto, and despite suggesting that he’d reached the end of the road in Portugal, has returned to form this season—netting 14 in 17 in the top flight. He’s also a class act in the Champions League—he scored five in five---and has the quality to hit the ground running in London, and would represent an upgrade on Batshuayi.