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Chelsea eyeing Falcao bid

Chelsea are considering a £60m bid for Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, the Mirror understands.

The Blues boss has been a long-time admirer of the 27 year old, and will cast an eye on him when Colombia take on Belgium in an international friendly this weekend.

Falcao secured a big money move to the Ligue 1 side in the summer after hitting 52 goals in just 67 La Liga games with Atletico Madrid.

This season, his nine goals in thirteen appearances has helped fire Claudio Ranieiri’s side to third place in the division as they look to secure Champions League football in their first season back in France’s top flight.

Chelsea’s forwards have managed just four goals between them in the Premier League so far this season, with Samuel Eto’o having scored twice, and Andre Schurrle and Fernando Torres chipping in with one each.

Midfielders Oscar and Eden Hazard are currently their top league goal scorers with four a piece.

Meanwhile, Frank Lampard is set to captain England in Friday’s match with Chile, according to the Express.

Steven Gerrard is set to miss out after sustaining a hip injury, so the all-time Blues top scorer will step in on the evening when he will also be recognise as their latest centurion.

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.

Lampard set for 100th cap

England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed the Frank Lampard will win his 100th cap for England in this evening’s World Cup Qualifier against Ukraine.

The Chelsea midfielder, along with nine others who started Friday’s win over Moldova, retains his place in Roy Hodgson’s side, who will go a long way to securing their place at next summer’s tournament in Brazil with victory in Kiev.

Lampard, who is also his country’s tenth top scorer of all time with 29 goals, made his debut in the 2-1 friendly victory over Belgium in 1999,  and will join Peter Shilton, David Beckham, Billy Wright, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, Steven Gerrard and Blues teammate Ashley Cole as players to have worn the Three Lions 100 times.

Elsewhere, Yossi Benayoun is set to secure a move to Getafe following his release from Chelsea, according to the Mirror.

The Israel international made just fourteen appearances in three seasons for with the Blues, and scored his only goal in a 6-0 win over Wigan Athletic three years ago.

He was however loaned to both Arsenal and his former club West Ham United during that time, while he has also played for Liverpool since moving to the Premier League in 2005.