Tottenham Hotspur are keen to sign Romelu Lukaku as they look to secure a top for finish next season, the Mirror understands.
The North London club look set to miss out on qualification for the Champions League this season, as they sit six points off the place having played more games than all of the sides directly around them.
The club are on the lookout for a new forward, and have made Lukaku, who is currently on loan at Everton, their number one target.
The Belgium international, who enjoyed a superb season at West Bromwich Albion last year, has hit twelve goals in all competitions for the Toffee’s this season – more than Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres or Demba Ba has managed, but is still not certain of a future at Stamford Bridge.
Lukaku moved to the Premier League in August 2011 when the Blues bought him from Anderlecht, but he has made only a handful of starts for the club.
Newcastle United are also reportedly considering making a move for the 20 year old, with the North East club unlikely to be able to keep hold of Loic Remy, who has attracted interest from both Spurs and Arsenal.
Chelsea will be looking to strengthen their position as Premier League leaders as they travel to West Bromwich Albion this evening.
Club captain John Terry will miss the game with the minor knock that kept him out of Saturday’s win over Newcastle United, though Fernando Torres could return after missing the last three weeks with a knee problem.
Victory for Chelsea will see them open a four point lead at the top of the table, with second place Arsenal hosting reigning champions Manchester United tomorrow evening, while Manchester City, who currently occupy third spot, host Sunderland.
The Baggies were minutes away from inflicting what would have been Jose Mourniho’s first ever league loss at Stamford Bridge when the sides met back in November, though Eden Hazard netted a late penalty to give the Blues a share of the spoils.
Meanwhile, Samuel Eto’o has heaped praise on the Blues’ top scorer following his match winning performance against Newcastle United at the weekend.
Hazard, who is in his second season in West London, took his season tally to thirteen with all three goals against Alan Pardew’s men, and Eto’o is confident the 23 year old can continue his fine form for the remainder of the clubs title challenge.
Chelsea fired themselves back to the top of the Premier League after thumping Newcastle United 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon, with all three goals coming from top scorer Eden Hazard.
The Belgium international put the hosts in front on twenty-seven minutes, before doubling their advantage seven minutes later.
Hazard was then given the chance to complete his hat-trick just after the hour mark, which he duly took to put the result beyond doubt.
Mohammed Salah was introduced late on to make his debut and almost added a fourth, but 3-0 is how it stayed, giving Jose Mourinho’s men a vital three points in the race for the title.
With Arsenal having been beaten 5-1 at Liverpool earlier in the day, and Manchester City only managing a goalless draw at Norwich City, the Blues leapt from third to first place ahead of tomorrow evening’s trip to West Bromwich Albion.
Bookmakers have now installed Chelsea as favourites to lift the Premier League trophy, ahead of Manchester City and Arsenal.
City, who face the Blues in the fifth round of the FA Cup next weekend, host Sunderland on Wednesday evening, while Arsenal welcome reigning champions Manchester United to the Emirates on the same evening.
Chelsea have no fresh injury concerns for Saturday afternoon’s visit of Newcastle United.
The game is likely to come too soon for Fernando Torres, who has missed the last three matches with a back problem while Marco van Ginkel is out for the rest of the season.
Three points for Jose Mourinho’s men could see them return to the top of the table if Arsenal fail to beat Liverpool earlier in the day, and Manchester City drop points at Norwich City.
Alan Pardew’s side are one of three to have beaten the Blues in the league so far this season, with goals from Yohan Goufrann and Loic Remy securing all three points for the hosts at St James’ Park back in November while last season’s corresponding fixture ended in a 2-0 victory for Chelsea.
Meanwhile, the club will make a big money move for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez when the transfer window reopens, the Metro understands.
The Uruguay international signed a new contract earlier in the season having been strongly linked with a move away from Anfield in the summer, though it is believed that an exit could be on the cards for the Premier League’s top scorer if the Merseyside club miss out on qualifying for the Champions League.
Chelsea beat Premier League title favourites 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium yesterday evening to move level on points with Manuel Pellegrini’s men, and two behind leaders Arsenal.
Branislav Ivanovic’s 32nd minute strike was enough to separate the sides, and consign City to their first home defeat of the season.
The Blues, who are contenders for the title according to manager Jose Mourinho, will now turn their attention to next weekend’s visit of Newcastle United, which is followed by a trip to West Bromwich Albion before they return to the Etihad Stadium a week on Saturday in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Elsewhere Thibaut Courtois’ father has insisted that Petr Cech’s Chelsea future must be decided before Courtois junior decides where he will be playing his football next season, ESPN understands.
The Belgium international is currently in his third campaign with Atletico Madrid, who climbed to the top of La Liga for the first time since 1996 after they beat Real Sociedad 4-0, and champions Barcelona were defeated by Valencia.
Courtois, who has kept clean sheets in half of Atleti’s league games so far this season, has already won the Copa Del Rey, Europa League and Super Cup in his time in the Spanish capital.
Chelsea midfielder Ramires has admitted that he is unaware of any interest in him from other clubs aside from what is written in the media, according to Sky Sports.
The Brazil international, who has not missed a minute in the Premier League for the Blues so far this season, is reportedly a target for both Barcelona and Real Madrid, but has insisted that his sole focus is on succeeding at Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid have joined the race to sign Blues out of favour midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, the Mail Online understands.
The 22 year old has barely featured under Jose Mourinho, and has been linked with a host of Bundesliga clubs having impressed on loan with Werder Bremen last year.
Atletico, who are currently second in La Liga, three points behind Barcelona, already have a Chelsea player with them on loan in the shape of De Bruyne’s international teammate Thibaut Courtois.
Elsewhere, Davide Santon has insisted that he is happy at Newcastle United in the wake of speculation linking him with a move to Stamford Bridge, according to the Metro.
The right-back, who is also reportedly a target for AC Milan, has featured in all but one of the Magpies Premier League games this season.
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Chelsea’s run of six straight wins in all competitions was halted by a shock 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United at St James’ Park Saturday lunchtime.
Yoan Gouffran put Alan Pardew’s men in front on sixty-eight minutes before Loic Remy put the result beyond doubt a minute from time.
Jose Mourinho’s men remain second in the league following Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal, though the Gunners have opened up a five point lead over the Blues.
The club will be hoping to get back on track domestically when they host West Bromwich Albion next weekend, but will first turn their attention to Wednesday evening’s Champions League clash with Schalke at Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, West Ham United are considering making a fresh bid for out of favour Blues’ striker Demba Ba, according to the Mirror.
The Senegal international has made just two starts in all competitions this season, and hasn’t scored since the 2-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City on April 14th.
His first spell in English football was with the Hammers back in 2011, when he scored seven goals in twelve league appearances before moving to Newcastle United, where he remained prolific – earning a move to Chelsea at the beginning of this year.
Jose Mourinho has no fresh injury worries ahead on tomorrow’s meeting with Newcastle United at St James’ Park.
Marco van Ginkel, who is out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury, is the only absentee for the trip to the North East though several changes are expected to be made from the side that beat Arsenal on Tuesday evening.
Alan Pardew’s men came from behind to win the corresponding fixture last season while the Blues won 2-0 when the sides met at Stamford Bridge last August.
Three points here would see Chelsea leapfrog Arsenal into first place, with the Gunners hosting third place Liverpool later in the day.
Meanwhile, Mourinho has insisted that Juan Mata is not for sale despite renewed interest in the player from Paris Saint Germain, the Express understands.
The Spain international made a goal-scoring return to the Blues’ starting XI in midweek, and will be hoping to have done enough to get the nod tomorrow lunchtime.
Elsewhere, former Chelsea midfielder Ray Wilkins is urging John Terry to come out of international retirement, according to the Mail Online.
Wilkins, who also coached Terry at the club, believes that the former England skipper should make himself available for next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
Chelsea are on the verge of completing a deal for Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto’o, the Express understands.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho has been linked with the man who played for him during Inter Milan’s treble winning season of 2009/10, after being unable to complete a deal for top target Wayne Rooney.
Eto’o, who’s agent was in the stands for Monday’s goalless draw with Manchester United , is thought to have agreed personal terms with Chelsea, who have bettered the offer of the Cameroon strikers former club Inter Milan.
Meanwhile, the Express have also reported that the Blues appear to be winning the race to sign Porto winger Christian Atsu.
Tottenham Hotspur and Everton are also interesting in the 21 year old, who has recently entered the final year of his contract with the Portuguese champions.
Elsewhere, Newcastle United are attempting to resign Demba Ba on loan before Monday’s transfer deadline, according to the Mail Online.
The Senegal international scored 29 goals in 54 appearances for the North East club before Chelsea met his release clause back in January, but has failed to make a real impression since moving to Stamford Bridge.
He was left out of the match day squad for Monday’s game at Old Trafford, where Mourinho opted to start without a striker, and had Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku on the bench.