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Bertrand linked with Reds move

Liverpool are plotting to bid £8m for Ryan Bertrand when the transfer window reopens, the Metro understands.

Reds’ manager Brendan Rodgers is keen on bringing in cover for Jose Enrique, who is side-lined until February after undergoing knee surgery.

Bertrand has played just sixty-four minutes of Premier League football this season, with two other appearances coming in the Capital One Cup.

He has previously had loan spells with Bournemouth, Norwich City, Reading and Nottingham Forest but could now be set to secure a permanent move away from the club.

Should the 24 year old leave, the Blues may well step up their interest in Wolfsburg’s Ricardo Rodriquez, who they are reportedly eyeing as a long term replacement for Ashley Cole.

Meanwhile, the club are in secret talks with Porto’s Jackson Martinez, according to ESPN.

Jose Mourinho is keen on bringing in a new striker in January, and has identified the prolific Colombia international as his top target.

The 27 year old moved to Europe last July, and has scored an impressive thirty-four goals in just forty league appearances, whilst internationally he has eight in twenty-five senior caps, and is almost certain to be involved at next summer’s World Cup finals.

Cole out of Montenegro clash

Ashley Cole is out of England’s World Cup Qualifier against Montenegro on Friday evening, Sky Sports understands.

The 32 year old was substituted during Sunday’s win over Norwich City, and scans yesterday showed the seriousness of the rib injury that he has sustained means he will remain at Stamford Bridge to undergo treatment.

Roy Hodgson’s men need to win both of the forthcoming games at Wembley to absolutely guarantee qualification for next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.

They currently lead Group H with 16 points, one ahead of Ukraine and Montenegro.

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has ruled out a move for out of favour Blues midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, according to the Mirror.

The Belgium international faced criticism for his performance against League One Swindon Town in the Capital One Cup third round last month, and has since trained with the youth squad.

He enjoyed a season-long spell with Werder Bremen last year and has been linked with a return to the Bundesliga, but last season’s Champions League runners up have pulled out of the race to secure his services.

Elsewhere, Lucas Piazon is keen to impress parent club Chelsea during his loan spell with Vitesse ,and is keen to challenge for a first team place when he returns.

Chelsea go third following Norwich victory

Two goals in the last five minutes saw Chelsea beat Norwich City at Carrow Road yesterday, and record their first away win of the season.

Oscar gave the Blues an early lead before Anthony Pilkington equalised on sixty-eight minutes.

Substitutes Eden Hazard and Willian then got on the score-sheet in the 85th and 86th minute respectively to secure victory.

Senegal international Demba Ba made just his second start of the season, and was impressive before eventually being replaced by Samuel Eto’o.

However, the win was somewhat marred after Ashley Cole was substituted with a rib injury with fifteen minutes left to play.

The left-back is now doubtful for England’s crucial World Cup qualifiers against Poland and Montenegro.

If the 32 year old does feature, he will draw level with Sir Bobby Charlton on 106 international caps, as will captain Steven Gerrard, while if both players play in both games, they will be just one appearance behind World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore.

Gary Cahill and Frank Lampard were also selected in Roy Hodgson’s squad, which was announced on Friday afternoon.

If Lampard finds the net, he will move level with Nat Lofthouse, Tom Finney and Alan Shearer on thirty international goals.

Torres and Hazard to miss Norwich trip

Fernando Torres will miss Chelsea’s trip to Norwich City on Sunday afternoon, as the Spain striker serves a one-match suspension following his dismissal against Tottenham Hotspur a week ago, though the injury he picked up midweek would have seen him miss out regardless.

Eden Hazard is also an injury concern for the Blues, so Jose Mourinho could once again hand Juan Mata a starting berth, while Marco Van Ginkel  is out for the foreseeable future with anterior cruciate damage.

The Blues are unbeaten in their last seven meetings with the Canaries, winning six of those games, and three points here will see them maintain their place in the top five.

Meanwhile, the club have beaten Bareclona and AC Milan in the race to sign Porto defender Nicolas Otamendi, the Express understands.

Reports in Spain are suggesting that the 25 year old will move to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, despite interest from La Liga and Serie A.

It is believed that a deal has been struck after Jose Mourinho himself requested that the Argentina international be added to his squad.

The centre back has won fifteen caps for his country, and was handed his debut four years ago by then manager Diego Maradona.

Cech glad to be back on track

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech believes that the club are beginning to show signs of the ruthless streak that not too long ago saw them dominate the English game, the Daily Star understands.

The Blues got their European campaign back on track with a 4-0 victory over Steaua Bucharest on Tuesday afternoon after their shock home defeat to Basel two weeks ago, and the 31 year old is sure that they  are now ‘back in business’.

Elsewhere, former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he was approached by owner Roman Abramovich, when the latter first arrived in England in 2003.

However, the Scot insisted that he never would have any intention to leave Old Trafford leading the Russian to appoint Jose Mourinho in 2004.

Meanwhile, Fernando Torres has been ruled out for up to three weeks with the knee injury he sustained in Tuesday’s win in Romania.

The Spain international was replaced by Samuel Eto’o after just eleven minutes at the National Arena , will hope to return to action for the match at Schalke on October 22nd.

Torres was already set to miss Sunday’s visit to Norwich City after being dismissed in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

Chelsea back on track with 4-0 win in Romania

Chelsea bounced back from their Champions League disappointment a fortnight ago by thumping Romanian champions Steaua Bucharest 4-0 yesterday evening.

Brazil international Ramires opened the scoring on 19 minutes before an own goal from Daniel Gerogievski doubles the Blues’ advantage just before half time.

Ramires then grabbed a second ten minutes into the second half before Frank Lampard added a fourth in stoppage time.

The result keeps Chelsea third in Group E ahead of the trip to Schalke in three weeks’ time, but was soured by an injury to Fernando Torres, who had to be substituted after just eleven minutes.

The Spain international is suspended for Sunday’s trip to Norwich City in the league, though it is thought that the injury is not serious.

Meanwhile, the 29 year old has escaped further punishment from the FA following his clash with Jan Vertonghen in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

Torres was facing an additional three match if found guilty of violent conduct, but will now be available for the visit of Cardiff City two weeks on Saturday, should he bit fit in time to feature.

Elsewhere, Eden Hazard is set to remain side-lined for Sunday’s game against Norwich as he struggles to recover from an ankle problem.

Barcelona make Luiz bid

Barcelona have made a bid of £30m for David Luiz, though Chelsea will refuse to sell him at that price, according to the Mirror.

The La Liga champions are looking for a long term successor for centre-back Carlos Puyol, who turned 35 in April, and they have identified the Brazilian international as their number one target.

Luiz arrived at Stamford Bridge back in 2011, and has been tipped as a future Blues captain, but the temptation to join the Catalan club, where he would link up with international teammates Dani Alves and Neymar, may prove too strong should a fee be agreed between the two clubs.

Meanwhile, the club will reportedly battle with London rivals Tottenham Hotspur for the signature of Christian Benteke, who has handed in a transfer request at Aston Villa.

The 22 year old scored 23 goals in his debut season in Enlgand, and will be allowed to leave should Villa’s valuation of him be met, according to a statement from the club.

Elsewhere, Norwich City have rejected an improved bid from Chelsea for goalkeeper John Ruddy.

The Blues saw their initial bid of £5m turned down last week, and were again knocked back yesterday having reportedly offered the Canaries an extra £1m.