Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has said he is open to signing players on short-term deals in the January transfer window and has not ruled out a move for PSG striker Edinson Cavani.
The 32-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season but he has told the French champions he wants to leave this month, having made only four starts in Ligue 1 this season.
Lampard has made no secret of his desire to sign a new forward this month due to Chelsea’s problems breaking down defensive opponents.
It was an issue once again for Chelsea on Saturday when they failed to score against Newcastle, despite dominating the match, before conceding a stoppage-time winner.
The result leaves Chelsea just five points above fifth-placed Manchester United in the race for the top four.
And Lampard says they need reinforcements if they want to hold onto a Champions League spot.
“I think long term in January is very difficult so short term is something we would look at,” said Lampard when asked what kind of deals Chelsea may make this month.
“I think there are issues that are pressing for us to finish where we want to get to. Short term is something we are looking at.
“He’s (Cavani) a great player – I played against him and I always loved his mentality and his attitude. His goal-scoring record speaks for itself. I’m not absolutely aware of what the situation is, so we’ll see.”
Lampard added:”He’s an experienced player but so are many other players out there! We are young as a squad so the idea of bringing in experience is not something I’m looking away from. Sometimes the younger players need a bit of help.”
Chelsea will hope to bounce back from this weekend’s defeat to Newcastle United when they host Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues came from a goal down to beat Arsenal 2-1 in the reverse fixture at the Emirates stadium.
Source: Complete Sports