Real Madrid director general Jorge Valdano has confirmed they are in the market for a striker after this week losing Gonzalo Higuain for a lengthy period.
Higuain underwent an operation on his back injury in Chicago on Tuesday and the doctor who performed the surgery confirmed afterwards the Argentina international would be absent for between three and four months.
On January 5, coach Jose Mourinho indicated a replacement for Higuain was unlikely but the club appears to have changed its tune given the length of his absence as Valdano admitted on Thursday night they are looking at options.
"We are exploring the market now the uncertainty around Higuain has been resolved. We'll see if we can find a player who can help us for six months,'' said Valdano following Madrid's 3-1 Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg win over local rivals Atletico.
"Many names are being mentioned and it's best not to go into details. But it's true we are looking for a number nine,'' he said in AS.