After seeing potential moves for Andy Carroll, Peter Crouch and Christian Benteke fail to come to fruition, Chelsea are now believed to be interested in making a move for Marko Arnautovi?.
The Austrian forward only moved to West Ham during the summer and after enduring a difficult spell under Slaven Bili?, Arnautovi? is back to his best under David Moyes.
The former Stoke City winger has been deployed in a more central role by Moyes and after increasing his goal tally to six in the Premier League over the last few weeks, Chelsea have shortlisted the 28-year-old as a potential transfer target.
According to a report from ESPN, sources close to the west London club have said that a move for Arnautovi? is being considered by the Chelsea hierarchy as the club look to appease Antonio Conte’s desire of having a target-man in reserve at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are understood to be closest to agreeing that will see Edin Džeko move to Stamford Bridge, with Roma left-back Emerson Palmieri also believed to be involved in a potential double transfer this January.
However, Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes that the Blues are overlooking Tammy Abraham – a Chelsea academy graduate who is currently impressing whilst on loan at Swansea.