Bargain 10 in 16 Colombian striker - Quick fix for Arsenal, Chelsea

Hertha Berlin

Could in-form striker Adrian Ramos be the man to fire Arsenal or Chelsea to silverware?

Arsenal and Chelsea are both in need of signing a new striker in January, even if only one manager Jose Mourinho is willing to publicly admit it.

Arsene Wenger as always plays it coy, but when the two teams go head-to-head on Monday, limitations may be exposed ahead of a crucial festive period.

Both clubs have been linked with big names from Diego Costa, to Edinson Cavani, to Robert Lewandowski over the past month but realistically there is little chance of any of the trio coming.

What they both need ideally is an in-form and motivated striker, who won't break the bank, and is not cup-tied for the Champions League.

That is where Hertha Berlin's Adrian Ramos comes in. He has scored 10 of his side's 25 goals, helping the newly promoted club up to seventh in the Bundesliga table.

Ramos, 27, is showing the sort of form which has a chance of earning him an international recall with Colombia, for who he has not appeared since 2011, which Falcao, Jackson Martinez and Luis Muriel ahead of him in the pecking order.

While each of those forwards would cost a minimum of £30m, website transfermarkt lists Ramos' market value at £3.5 million.

That may be slightly out of touch considering his excellent form, but Arsenal or Chelsea could surely do a deal for under £10m.

Ramos has scored 10 goals in 16 games this season, with three assists, averaging 3.1 shots on goal per game.

The same age as Porto's Jackson Martinez but at a fraction of the price, his form is making clubs sit up and take notice with Bild reporting last night that Borussia Dortmund are considering him as an option to replace Lewandowski.

Ramos has 18 months left on his contract, and was described last month by boss Jos Luhukay as 'a fantastic player, the complete striker'.

Powerful in the air, Ramos has a notch on his belt which may interest Arsenal fans, a headed goal against their Champions League opponents Bayern Munich, scored earlier this season. In his career he has three goals in five games against Bayern.

Moving to either Premier League side would give Ramos motivation to kick on in terms of winning a World Cup place, while Hertha have Pierre-Michel Lassoga out on loan who is scoring freely who may be able to be recalled as a replacement.

While talk may continue regarding big names - one stat stands out, only one player has scored more Bundesliga goals this season than his 10, and that's Robert Lewandowski with 11.

Ramos may not be the long-term answer for either club, but as a January signing who could help either Arsenal or Chelsea kick on, he could be a very shrewd investment.

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