Chelsea submit Habib Diallo transfer bid as Frank Lampard eyes new striker

Chelsea have launched a £17m bid for FC Metz striker Habib Diallo, according to reports in France.

Frank Lampard is targeting a new centre-forward in the January transfer window, despite the solid form of 22-year-old Tammy Abraham this season.

The Blues manager’s preference to deploy Abraham as his first-choice frontman has left Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud out in the cold for the majority of the campaign, meaning both men are said to be considering moves away from Stamford Bridge this month.

And according to French outlet Republicain Lorrain , the west London side are looking to bring Diallo in as new competition to Abraham upfront.

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The 24-year-old burst onto the scene with Metz in 2015, before being loaned out to Brest from January 2016 until the summer of 2018.

Since returning to his parent club, Diallo has netted 36 league goals in 56 appearances.

That impressive return has seemingly attracted the attention of Chelsea, who have tabled a £17m bid for his services.

Frank Lampard wants to bolster his frontline at Stamford Bridge this month
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Metz have previously gone on record to insist they have no intention of selling Diallo, with a number of clubs said to be eyeing up a potential deal.

Yet it is unclear whether the Blues will force their hand by coming up with an improved offer before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

Diallo has scored 36 league goals in his last 56 appearances for Metz
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Lampard’s top attacking targets in January are believed to be Lyon star Moussa Dembele and RB Leipzig ace Timo Werner.

The latter reportedly has a £43m release clause inserted in his contract at Leipzig, but he is not prepared to leave the Bundesliga leaders during the season when they are currently bidding to win the title.

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