With Wilfried Bony all but out of the Swansea City door, the south Wales club have commenced their quest to replace the most potent source of goals in their ranks.
The Ivorian hitman has plundered nine in 16 Premier League starts for the Swans and, following his pending departure, the Liberty Stadium side will be left with Bafetimbi Gomis as their only recognised striker.
However, the future of the Frenchman is far from assured, with Crystal Palace reportedly keen on his services.
A spot of striker shopping is certainly in store for Garry Monk then and with £28m to play with sourcing at least one asset shouldn’t be too vexing.
Here are the three names most commonly linked in the fledgling stages of their search.
Frequently injured and oft at the heart of a controversial incident, signing Senegalese sharpshooter Cisse would represent a noteworthy flexing of Swansea’s new found brawn.
Not only are they competing in the upper echelons of the division, but they have the wealth and sufficient pulling power to pinch the strongest striker in the squad of a Premier League rival.
He struck twice for Newcastle when they drew 2-2 at the Liberty earlier in the campaign and the nine goals in six starts he has bagged so far means his ratio in the top-flight reads one net ripple every 2.5 outings.
The young Serb was especially impressive in Anderlecht’s 3-3 draw with Arsenal in the Champions League recently, notching the injury-time equaliser in the six-goal thriller.
He would, however, command a £15m fee according to the rumour mill; a sizeable sum for a player whose limited experience could prevent him making an instant impact in the Premier League, which is what Swansea would require.
It’s long been suggested that bruising Watford forward Deeney is ready to make the leap from Championship to the top-flight, but with just nine goals so far, he is struggling to replicate the prolific form of the previous campaign that saw him strike 24 times.
This reduced rate suggests he wouldn’t have the best of times in Premier League boxes, but his physical stature is that of an ideal solo line leader, meaning he would ingratiate effortlessly into the Swansea system at a budget-friendly price.