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Real Madrid deal for new striker missing only an ‘official announcement’

Spanish giants Real Madrid are on the verge of announcing a deal for a new striker, according to reports.

The subject of fresh blood up top has of course dominated the headlines in Spain’s capital across the week to date.

This comes after long-time Blancos frontman Karim Benzema opted against putting pen to paper on fresh terms, to instead take his talents to Saudi Arabia with Al-Ittihad.

With backup Mariano Diaz too in line to depart on a free transfer, a sizable hole, as a result, has been left in Carlo Ancelotti’s squad.

To this point, Tottenham Hotspur talisman Harry Kane has been repeatedly named as the first-choice target of Florentino Perez and co, with the Englishman understood to be viewed as the ideal fit in Real’s squad.

Reports over the course of the last couple of days, however, have pointed towards the capital giants stepping back from their pursuit of Kane, taken aback by Spurs’ mammoth demands.

Well, on Sunday, an insight into precisely that has been provided.

The info comes courtesy of Spanish outlet Diario AS, who have gone as far as to claim that Real are on the verge of closing a deal for a new frontman.

The player in question? Joselu.

Expected to be available for a cut-price fee on the back of Espanyol’s relegation, veteran attacker Joselu – fresh off a 17-goal season – is understood to be just an official announcement away from the Bernabeu.

It remains unclear, however, whether the Spanish international is considered a replacement for Benzema, or Mariano Diaz.

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Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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