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Porto striker Jackson Martinez said he is open to a move away. Reuters
Porto striker Jackson Martinez said he is open to a move away. Reuters
Porto striker Jackson Martinez said he is open to a move away. Reuters

FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez admitted he is open to a transfer away from the Portuguese club, alerting the likes Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.

Both the Gunners and the Blues are thought to be looking for a new striker in the January transfer window, with the former's needs much more urgent than the latter's.

Martinez has been in tremendous form since signing for Porto from Mexican side Chiapas in the summer of 2012, netting 43 times in just 53 games.

That form has caught the eye of several big clubs in Europe, with Chelsea thought to be showing the strongest interest.

However, with Arsene Wenger pretty desperate to add a quality forward to his ranks, the Arsenal manager might be ready to move ahead and make the first move in the January transfer window.

Olivier Giroud has looked more and more tired with every passing game and could do with some serious help.

While Martinez is far from proven in the big leagues, the 27-year-old definitely has the finishing nous in his repertoire, and with the talent that Arsenal have at their disposal, any striker will get enough presentable chances to score goals.

But then bringing in big-name players during the winter window is extremely difficult and Porto are unlikely to want to sell one of their biggest players midway through the season.

Martinez, though, said he would like to complete a transfer to a big club sooner rather than later, but admitted the move depended on Porto.

"The years are passing and one day I hope to make a good transfer," he told Portuguese newspaper, Record.

"It clearly depends on Porto, a club that sells its players so well. Leaving or staying depends on Porto but I will only go if there's something concrete."

Arsenal continue to be linked with several big-name strikers including Karim Benzema and Luis Suarez.

While the Liverpool striker seems unlikely to move to another Premier League club, Benzema still remains very much a possibility.

But if Wenger fails to turn on his charm and convince Real to sell the French international, looking at someone like Martinez might not be such a bad option.

Porto, however, even if they for some reason agree to let go of the Colombian international, will ask for quite a price for Martinez, and, despite Arsenal showing they are not shy of dishing out the cash when needed, Wenger might just decide against spending big on a striker, who is still unproven on the big stage.