Chelsea have reportedly identified four strikers that they will attempt to sign in a bid to hand Guus Hiddink a boost for the rest of the campaign.
The reigning Premier League champions have enjoyed an upturn in form in recent weeks following the sacking of former boss Jose Mourinho, but they continue to fight to salvage something from their Premier League campaign.
Coupled with their desire to win the cup competitions that they are still involved in, the board are reportedly willing to back Hiddink in the January transfer window to bring in reinforcements up front.
According to The Times, Jamie Vardy, Saido Berahino, Jackson Martinez and Emannuel Adebayor are all on the club’s shortlist of targets, and it remains to be seen which of the quartet they are able to acquire.
Naturally, the level of investment would differ significantly depending on the individual, with Vardy, Berahino and Martinez likely to command big fees, while former Arsenal and Tottenham striker Adebayor would arrive at Stamford Bridge on a short-team deal for free if the others can’t be signed.
Chelsea remain in 14th place in the Premier League table after picking up just 23 points from their 20 games so far this season, but they are unbeaten in all competitions since Hiddink took temporary charge of the team.
While they will hope to extend that run to six games against West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday night, they also have a Champions League last-16 tie with Paris Saint-Germain to prepare for. As a result, strengthening the squad at this stage could help them rescue their season with silverware outside of the league.