Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has hinted at the possible addition of a striker during the January transfer window.
With Nicolas Anelka confirmed to be moving to Shanghai Shenhua, and Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou set to link up with their Ivory Coast teammates for the African Cup of Nations in January, the Blues will be left with just three recognized forwards.
Villas-Boas claims this is a situation he will be looking to address, but says he will not be forced into panic buying and is hoping to capture Gary Cahill’s signature before any more business is done.
The Chelsea boss told reporters: “We are looking for talent, the best talent available, but the January transfer window is notoriously difficult because the talent is not available, and even when it is it's always at extra cost.
“Hopefully we can get the Cahill deal wrapped up, then we will study the forward situation. You have to pay heavily for the talent we need. It can get frenetic in the last week but we have our targets outlined.”
Despite admitting to Chelsea’s obvious need for striker reinforcements, the Blues boss remains adamant there will not be wholesale changes made to the squad.
“You have to remember that this is the squad we set out to win four trophies with.
“We would have to call ourselves incompetent if we were to make radical changes, we are looking to add but not to the extent spoken about [in the media].”
Chelsea currently finds itself fourth in the Premier League, eleven points off pace-setter Manchester City and only in the Champions League places via goal difference.