The Mirror understands that West Ham United are preparing a loan bid for Chelsea striker Demba Ba.
The Senegal international scored just two goals in fourteen league appearances for the Blues since signing from Newcastle United for £7milliom in January.
Since returning as Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho has been linked with a number of high profile strikers, putting Ba’s future at the club in doubt.
Edinson Cavani of Napoli, Bayer Leverkusen’s Andre Schurrle and Stevan Jovetic of Fiorentina have all strongly been linked with the club, who are also reportedly considering a move for Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski.
Ba had a short spell with the Hammers when he first came to England, but was unable to stop them being relegated to the Championship though seven goals in twelve appearances secured him a move to Newcastle.
Sam Allardyce is keen to take Ba to partner Andy Carroll, who is expected to secure a permanent move to Upton Park this summer.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail have reported that the former Blackburn Rovers boss is also considering a move for Romelu Lukaku, following his successful season on loan with West Bromwich Albion.
They say that the Belgian international is their number one target, and will pounce if Chelsea are willing to send him out on loan again.
Chelsea’s search for a new attacker has intensified, with the Daily Mail understanding that four players are being approached by the club.
Zenit St Petersburg’s Hulk yesterday all but confirmed that there the Blues interest in him, saying at a Brazil press conference that he “would be lying” if he said Chelsea hadn’t made an approach.
Napoli president Aurellio de Laurentiis has confirmed that Chelsea have also shown interest in Uruguayan international Edinson Cavani.
The 26 year old scored 29 goals in 34 Serie A appearances last season, helping the Naples side to second in the division, their best finish since lifting the title in 1990.
Jose Mourinho is confident beating Juventus to the £25million signing of Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic, while Edin Dzeko of Manchester City is another option.
The rumours throw the futures of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba into question, whist the Metro report that Player of the Year Juan Mata could also be sacrificed.
Elsewhere, Michael Essien has revealed that he is keen to reclaim his place in the Chelsea team following the return of Jose Mourinho.
The self-proclaimed Special One took Essien to the Bernabeu on loan last season, where he scored two goals in twenty-one appearances.
Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder has hinted that he may be about to be reunited with former manager Jose Mourinho by moving to Stamford Bridge, according to the Metro.
Reports in Turkey suggest that a deal is on the cards, and now the 28 year old has revealed that he is in regular contact with the recently reappointed Blues boss.
The Dutch international only moved to the Super Lig for £6million in January, though it is thought Galatasaray would command a much higher fee for the player.
Meanwhile, the Metro understands that the Blues will have to pay £25million if they are to sign Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic.
Arsenal, Manchester United and Juventus are also in the race to sign to the Montenegro international, who scored 13 goals in 31 Serie A appearances last season.
Elsewhere, John Terry has emerged as a potential transfer target for big spending French Ligue 1 side Monaco, according to the Telegraph.
The Chelsea captain was used sparingly by interim manager Rafael Benitez last season, amassing just eleven league starts in total.
Monaco boss Claudio Ranieri is only too aware of the 32 year olds qualities, the pair having worked together at Stamford Bridge between 2000 and 2004.