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 missed the chance to move four points clear at the top of the Premier League after being held to a 1-1 draw by relegation threatened West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns yesterday evening.
Branislav Ivanovic put the Blues in front on the stroke of half time, only for Baggies substitute Victor Anichebe to equalise three minutes from time to give Pepe Mel’s side a share of the spoils with their only attempt on target in the entire game.
Both Arsenal and Manchester City now have the opportunity to leapfrog Jose Mourinho’s men, should they win their matches against Manchester United and Sunderland respectively.
Meanwhile, Chelsea will now turn their attention their trip to Manchester City in the fifth round of the FA Cup in four days’ time, while their next league game is against Everton at Stamford Bridge the following Saturday.
Elsewhere, Eden Hazard has dismissed speculation linking him with a move to French champions Paris Saint Germain, according to Sky Sports.
The Belgium international midfielder, who scored his first hat-trick for the Blues in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Newcastle United, is a reported target for the mega-spending Ligue 1 side though he has expressed his desire to achieve success in West London.
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 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 needed a stoppage time penalty to salvage a point against West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
Samuel Eto’o opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time with his third goal in two games, only for Shane Long to level terms on the hour mark.
Stephane Sessegnon then put the visitors in front eight minutes later, though just when it looked like Jose Mourinho was going to suffer his first ever league defeat at Stamford Bridge, the hosts were awarded a penalty in the fourth and final minute of stoppage time.
Eden Hazard, who was recalled to the Chelsea starting XI after being dropped in midweek, dispatched the spot-kick to give the Blues a share of the spoils.
Home wins for Liverpool and Southampton over Fulham and Hull City respectively saw them both leap frog Chelsea, who drop to fourth place ahead of a visit to West Ham United a week on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Premier League leaders Arsenal will reignite their interest in Demba Ba with a £15m bid when the transfer window reopens in January, according to the Daily Star.
The Gunners were close to securing a last minute loan for the Senegal international on loan in the summer, on for Mourinho to pull the plug on the deal.
Eden Hazard is set to return to the Chelsea line up for tomorrow afternoon’s visit of West Bromwich Albion after missing Wednesday’s Champions League victory over Schalke for disciplinary reasons.
However, the game comes to soon for Fernando Torres, who remains side-lined with a thigh injury so either Samuel Eto’o or Demba Ba will deputise.
Former Blues duo Nicolas Anelka and Scott Sinclair are unlikely to feature against their former club as they struggle to recover from their respective injuries in time to be considered for selection.
Three points will see Jose Mourinho’s men close the gap on leaders Arsenal, who travel to Premier League champions Manchester United on Sunday afternoon while, such is the tightness of the top half, anything other than victory could see them end the weekend as low as eighth place.
Chelsea are looking for their tenth straight home win against the Midlands side, who are now coached by former Blues defender and assistant manager Steve Clarke.
A Demba Ba goal was enough to separate the sides in last season’s corresponding fixture back in March, while the two meetings previous to that game, both at The Hawthorns, were won by the Baggies.
Former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou has told ESPN that he believes that the club will benefit strongly from the return of Jose Mourinho.
The Ivory Coast forward, who has recently been linked with a return to the Premier League, was bought by Mourinho in 2006, and went on to score sixty goals in two hundred and fifty-one appearances for the Blues.
“We all know what Jose can do,” Kalou said. “Jose can bring team spirit into a club and I think Chelsea at this moment need that.”
The forward also spoke highly of Romelu Lukaku, who is expected to feature for the club this season having spent the last campaign away on loan.
“He did well at West Brom and I think he can do the same at Chelsea,” Kalou says. “He has the ability, he is powerful and he can score goals. I think he is going to be amazing this year.”
Meanwhile, the club have had a second bid for Wayne Rooney rejected by Manchester United, the Express understand.
The England international may now hand in a transfer request to force through a move before the start of the season.
The Premier League champions maintain that the 27 year old, who has been ruled out of today’s friendly against AIK, is not for sale though with Rooney reportedly favouring a transfer, the saga is set to continue.