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Fulham manager Mark Hughes is ready to sign a striker in the January transfer window to compensate for the continued absence of Bobby Zamora.

Hughes’ side have struggled in front of goal this season and have scored just 16 times in 17 Premier League games.

The Cottagers have also won just twice in the league and drew another blank in Saturday’s 0-0 stalemate at home to Sunderland.

Zamora is still a couple of months away from returning to fitness and Hughes is ready to dip into the transfer market in the New Year.

“We are missing a Bobby Zamora type and he will not be back until the end of January or start of February if everything goes to plan,” said Hughes.

“So if there’s someone we can bring in to help us, we will look at it.

“But more often than not strikers cost a lot of money at Premier League level, so we will have to see.”

Fulham were booed at half-time and the final whistle on Saturday, but Hughes brushed off the disgruntlement despite his team only being outside the relegation zone on goal difference.

He added: “There’s a little bit of frustration but they were isolated shouts.

“We’ve got to make sure we are strong and take something out of every game, which we are trying to do. We’ll see what happens in the New Year.

“We want to get more points on the board because, like I’ve said for a number of weeks, the performances are better than what we are getting.

“The problem is, people start not to believe you. At the moment we are just lacking that little bit of quality in that final third.”