Chelsea signing transfer target Moussa Dembele could trigger Olivier Giroud loan

Chelsea ‘s attacking options in January could be set for a rejig with the possible arrival of Moussa Dembele.

The Frenchman has been linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge having scored 30 times in the past 18 months for Lyon.

Frank Lampard has relied largely on Tammy Abraham to lead the Chelsea line having given Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud just two starts between them.

He is unwilling to let the latter two depart without seeing a new face arrive which could scupper Newcastle’s plans.

The Magpies have made enquiries about both players as they look for a January fix, reports the Telegraph .

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£40m summer signing Joelinton has managed to score just the once since his move from Hoffenheim leaving Steve Bruce to consider other options.

Giroud is one of the leading names on his shortlist with the World Cup winner keen to get some playing time.

Lampard’s stance that he won’t be allowed to leave without cover arriving is likely to anger the 33-year-old who would be well suited to Newcastle’s system.

Olivier Giroud has struggled for game time this season at Chelsea
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He is comfortable playing in a one-man attack and would offer a threat both aerially and on the ground.

Batshuayi is also being considered but Newcastle were dealt the same response they were over Giroud – not until someone else arrives at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard is currently trying to ensure the Blues finish in the top four while also juggling Champions League and FA Cup commitments.

Abraham has provided the bulk of Chelsea’s goals having hit the back of the net 14 times in all competitions. The closest player to him is Christian Pulisic who has scored six times.

Batsuhayi, who has been deployed in the cup competitions, has scored five while Giroud’s only strike came in their UEFA Super Cup defeat to Liverpool at the start of the season.