By 90Min
January 22, 2018

After seeing potential moves for Andy Carroll, Peter Crouch and Christian Benteke fail to come to fruition, Chelsea are now believed to be interested in making a move for Marko Arnautović.

The Austrian forward only moved to West Ham during the summer and after enduring a difficult spell under Slaven Bilić, Arnautović is back to his best under David Moyes.

The former Stoke City winger has been deployed in a more central role by Moyes and after increasing his goal tally to six in the Premier League over the last few weeks, Chelsea have shortlisted the 28-year-old as a potential transfer target.

According to a report from ESPN, sources close to the west London club have said that a move for Arnautović is being considered by the Chelsea hierarchy as the club look to appease Antonio Conte's desire of having a target-man in reserve at Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea are understood to be closest to agreeing that will see Edin Džeko move to Stamford Bridge, with Roma left-back Emerson Palmieri also believed to be involved in a potential double transfer this January.

However, Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes that the Blues are overlooking Tammy Abraham - a Chelsea academy graduate who is currently impressing whilst on loan at Swansea.

"Chelsea have Tammy Abraham in their ranks who is a tall, rangy player," Ferdinand said on BT Sport over the weekend. "You'd have him as a target man, he fits the bill, so why isn't he being brought back from loan?"

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