The six bargain strikers your club needs to look at this summer

Each summer sees a mad scramble to capture that most coveted of player: the 20-goal-a-season hitman, a forward who – depending on a club’s circumstance – will fire them to a title, top four, or mid-table safety.

What makes this particular transfer window so intriguing is the paucity of top-class finishers who are realistically available, which has resulted in clubs at the top end of the food chain obsessing over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as if he’s the second coming  or squabbling like schoolchildren over Lacazette and Batshuayi.

As brilliant as these trio are they simply don’t have enough shooting boots to go around to satisfy everyone which leaves the coast clear for a host of other talents to be swooped upon with relative ease.

Whether your club is preparing to challenge for the title, top ten or simply to avoid the drop below are six broad examples of lethal strikers who could prove to be a snip when the goals start raining in…

Alvaro Morata (Juventus/Real Madrid)

Alvaro Morata

After two successful seasons in Turin the 23-year-old is expected to be re-signed by the Spanish giants this summer, though Real in all likelihood only have money as their objective with an activation of a £25m release clause landing them a player who they can easily sell-on for a healthy profit.

The Spanish club will be hoping to spark a bidding war but if one doesn’t materialise a figure of £40m becomes realistic for a potentially brilliant forward, who is equally adept on the left of a front three.

His ability to draw fouls in key areas will make him popular with whichever coach gets to guide him through his peak years, his propensity to take on opponents single-handedly will make him a fan’s favourite.

Clubs who should take note…

Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal

Arkadiusz Milik (Ajax)

Billed as the next great Polish striker, the 22-year-old has brushed off comparisons with Lewandowski to fire home 22 goals in the Eredivisie this season and if that wasn’t enough of a calling card, has recently declared he is happy to consider moving onwards and upwards.

Arsene Wenger is a known admirer and the clinical frontman would certainly be an upgrade on the stuttered showings of Giroud but we can expect others to join the fray for this most sought after signature.

A reported bid of £8m by Sevilla may have been rebuffed by the Dutch giants but if that’s the ballpark figure we’re talking the possible bargain of the year.

Clubs who should take note…

Arsenal, Leicester and Everton

Wilfried Bony (Manchester City)

Wilfried Bony (centre)

To compare the muscular threat of Bony at Swansea to the apathetic jogging version we’ve witnessed at City is like contrasting chalk and cheese but while his £25m move may have sent his stock tumbling that same player who ripped apart teams at the Liberty Stadium still lurks somewhere inside.

With Pep Guardiola surely set to off-load the Ivorian this summer there will be no shortage of suitors and the reputed £15m price-tag will only lengthen the list of those interested in taking a punt.

Clubs who should take note…

West Ham, Sunderland and Swansea City

Wissam Ben Yedder (Toulouse)

A rumoured target for Spurs the French Under 21 international has enjoyed a fantastic season in Ligue 1 scoring 16 goals for a struggling Toulouse while providing 5 key assists into the bargain.

And bargain is the operative word here with a serious bid of £8-10m considered enough to lure a striker who has consistently been prolific in France and yet continues to relatively fly under the radar elsewhere.

His nickname is the Goat which never did Manchester City’s Shaun any harm.

Clubs who should take note…

Tottenham, Everton and Crystal Palace

Gianluca Lapadula (Pescara)

Tracked by Claudio Ranieri with a view to joining Leicester this summer the 25 year old has proven a sensation in Serie B blasting home 24 goals from deep. His six years at Palma saw him farmed out to numerous outfits with varying success but it’s becoming increasingly evident that if Lapadula is settled and believes in a cause he is a gnawly force of nature who feasts on goals.

While the Foxes’ intent remains purely at the ‘interested’ stage others should look to swoop for a potential Mahrez mark II at a lowly fee.

Clubs who should take note…

Southampton, Watford and Stoke City

Kemar Roofe (Oxford United)

With 26 goals in 49 appearances League Two’s Player of the Year has looked a class apart in 2015/16 and is clearly deserving of a chance to prove himself at the highest level.

That opportunity is more likely to present itself from a Championship side but there is a big Vardy-shaped example of how beneficial it can be for a top flight side to gamble six figures on a player hungry to succeed. And Roofe is certainly that with his formative years at West Brom ultimately amounting to very little.

Clubs who should take note…

Burnley, Middlesbrough and Bournemouth