Chelsea boss Frank Lampard should make efforts to sign Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen.
That is according to former Liverpool left-back Stephen Warnock, who says the Blues boss could try and get him in January for a small fee or wait until the summer and pay nothing.
Eriksen’s future at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is up in the air after failing to agree a new contract with Spurs.
The Denmark international will see his current deal expire in the summer, meaning he is now able to speak with foreign clubs to discuss terms on a pre-contract agreement.
Chelsea are not allowed to do that but could make an offer to Tottenham to sign him like any other player this month.
Warnock believes Eriksen is the kind of player that Lampard would like to have at the club and thinks they should consider signing him.
“The one that spring to mind, not that Chelsea are going to go for him, is Christian Eriksen,” Warnock said on Sky Sports News.
“Out of contract in the summer and you’re thinking ‘Can we get him at a knockdown price?’.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen will see his contract end in the summer
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“Or do you risk going against other clubs in the summer and competing against five or six other clubs?
“They’re the situations that you have to weigh up as a manager.”
Eriksen has been linked with Manchester United and Real Madrid in recent months and has made it clear that he wants a fresh challenge elsewhere.
In his six years at Spurs he has failed to win a single trophy and the 27-year-old is in the prime of his career.
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He joined for a round £11m in 2013 from Ajax after helping them win three Eredivisie titles.
Chelsea are allowed to sign players once again after seeing their FIFA ban lifted.
Lampard was unable to bring in any new faces in the summer after replacing Maurizio Sarri.