The Sweeper: Chelsea tracking Dinamo Kiev's Ideye Brown as potential Didier Drogba replacement

The Stamford Bridge outfit are in the market for a striker and have spoken to the £10 million-rated Nigerian's representatives over a potential move this summer
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CHELSEA LOOK TO BROWN AS STRIKER HUNT CONTINUES

Chelsea are hunting for the ‘new Didier Drogba’ as they prepare for the potential departure of the Ivorian striker when his contract expires at the end of the season.

While stellar names like Napoli striker Edinson Cavani are on the radar at Stamford Bridge, they are also looking for cheaper options who offer good value and the potential to become Premier League superstars.

The Sweeper has learned that Dinamo Kiev star Ideye Brown is one forward who has attracted attention from Chelsea after scoring 12 goals in 24 league appearances for the Ukrainian side this season following his move from Sochaux last summer.

Representatives of the 23-year-old Nigeria international were in London last weekend and are understood to have held talks with senior Chelsea officials including chief executive Ron Gourlay before the Blues’ win over Wigan on Saturday.

Brown, who would cost around £10 million, has been compared to Drogba because of his powerful running and finishing ability and his arrival would raise doubts over the future of Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku, 18, has made just six Premier League appearances this season and is believed to be concerned about his lack of first-team opportunities since joining from Anderlecht last summer in a deal worth an initial £13 million.

- Greg Stobart | Northern Correspondent

FULHAM YET TO RECEIVE AN OFFICIAL BID FOR DEMPSEY

Clint Dempsey is going to be a player in demand this summer on the back of comfortably the most productive of his six seasons at Fulham.

But there is no guarantee that the anticipated stampede of interest will materialise into a transfer to a Champions League calibre club for the 22-goal midfielder.

Fulham have received plenty of enquiries about the 29-year-old in recent windows, with Arsenal and Liverpool among those expressing an interest.

Nevertheless, The Sweeper has learned that the west Londoners have not received a single official bid for Dempsey since he joined the club in the second half of the 2006-07 season.

- Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent


ENGLAND STAR WILL NOT BE TEMPTED BY TWITTER


Wayne Rooney, Jack Wilshere, Glen Johnson and Rio Ferdinand are among the most prolific England players on Twitter.

But one Three Lions regular has no plans to join them on the social networking site. “I speak to my team-mates at work every day. I have no need to speak to them on Twitter afterwards,” he pointed out.

- Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent

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