5 affordable (but in-form) strikers who could move to the Premier League this summer

Anthony Modeste

Not every team in England’s top flight is able to splash £60m on the latest darling of European football. Ryan Baldi picks out a handful of forwards who could represent excellent value for money

1. Anthony Modeste (Köln)

A mid-season drought was overcome as Modeste finished with 15 goals from 34 Bundesliga outings, and he's carried that hot form into the current campaign with an astonishing 22 strikes

Remembered most in England for a disastrous loan spell with Blackburn in 2012 - he failed to find the net in nine Premier League appearances - Modeste has proven to be something of a late bloomer.

The Frenchman departed his homeland for Hoffenheim in 2013 off the back of a productive loan spell at Bastia. An impressive return of 12 league goals in 29 games in his first season at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena was followed up with a less striking, yet respectable, tally of seven from 26 the following campaign.

Having demonstrated his ability to dependably dispatch scoring opportunities in a side not renowned for its creativity, Modeste attracted the attention of Köln, who snapped up the former France Under-21 forward two summers ago.

Anthony Modeste

Modeste endured a difficult loan spell at Blackburn in 2012

The ex-Nice academy graduate bagged a hat-trick on his competitive debut for Die Geißböcke and hasn’t looked back since. He overcame a mid-season drought to finish with 15 goals from 34 Bundesliga outings, and he's carried that hot form into the current campaign with an astonishing 22 strikes at the time of writing.

Keeping apace with Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the top of the German scoring charts, the 28-year-old will have caught the attention of many scouts around Europe, and Köln will be bracing themselves for a flurry of offers in the summer. They've already turned down a €50m offer from China. 

Strong in the air and an expert first-time finisher, Modeste’s 22 league goals this term have come from 78 shots, giving him an impressive average of just 3.55 shots attempted for every goal scored.

As a penalty-box poacher with outstanding finishing instincts, Modeste is primed for a move to an ambitious, creative side. If he fancies another crack at the Premier League, he could be an ideal replacement for Romelu Lukaku if the powerful Belgian leaves Everton this summer.

Would suit: Everton

Estimated cost: £25-30 million

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