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PSG still on the hunt for a striker, says Emery

11:29 PM SGT 20/1/17
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Despite signing Julian Draxler in a big-money deal, the French champions are determined to provide more direct competition for Edinson Cavani

Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery says that the French giants still hope to sign a striker before the close of the transfer window.

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The Ligue 1 champions spent a reported €42 million (£36.4m) on attacking midfielder Julian Draxler but are said to be keen to bring in a player to provide competition for Edinson Cavani at the tip of the spear.

Director of football Patrick Kluivert stated earlier in January that at least one more player will arrive before the end of the month, though he insisted that PSG will not buy for the sake of buying.

And Emery says that they are still on the hunt for a centre forward who can bring sufficient quality to the squad.

"My words don't change. The club has said the same. If the market offers us a player who can improve us, we're open to it," he told the media on Friday.

"You need competition, two players per position. The performances grow with competition. We're still looking."

Jese Rodriguez has been widely expected to leave Parc des Princes but no deal has been agreed as yet, despite reported interest from Middlesbrough this week.

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Emery says that he has spoken to the former Real Madrid man about the possibility of a loan move, though he would not specify any potential suitors.

"I talked with him because, like [Layvin] Kurzawa, he is ill, he has a fever," said the Spaniard. "I wanted to talk to him about his situation, about a possible loan. We have to find the best solution for him and the team."

PSG travel to Nantes on Saturday looking to put further pressure on Ligue 1's top two, Monaco and Nice, although Emery expects a difficult game against a team who have won their last four league games without conceding a goal.

"Nantes are confident - it'll be a tough match," he said. "They play well together, they press well and they have an effective transition into attack. It's a good match for us to show our progress."