Chelsea have turned their attention away from Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho in favour of signing a striker this month.
Frank Lampard would have had to fork out as much as £120m to bring Sancho back to English football.
Instead, the Blues manager is putting his eggs in a different basket as he wants to provide top competition for Tammy Abraham.
Convincing Dortmund to let Sancho go mid-season was proving a tricky prospect anyway.
Chelsea’s position could change if the Bundesliga giants suddenly decide they will be open to negotiations.
But the Blues are now prepared to wait as they look to land a striker, which has become of greater importance, according to The Sun.
Chelsea are more likely to make a firm bid for Sancho in the summer.
For the second half of this season at least, wth Champions League qualification on the line, Lampard hopes to take the goalscoring burden off No.9 Abraham.
While the England international has been Chelsea’s most prolific player in front of goal this term, he is still only 22 and under pressure each week to deliver.
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Chelsea’s back-up options are not up to scratch, with Olivier Giroud looking for a move away as he seeks regular game time, and Michy Batshuayi is not challenging for a first XI place.
Lampard has become concerned with his team’s wastefulness with big chances to score.
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Chelsea sit fourth in the Premier League table, five points clear of Manchester United in fifth, and they are also into the knockout stages of the Champions League.
But following last summer’s transfer ban, the club are ready to spend, although priority positions are the focus in January.
Frank Lampard is ready to splash the cash in the January transfer window