Frank Lampard has given an update on Chelsea’s January transfer plans amid rumours of a move for Lyon striker Moussa Dembele.
The former Fulham and Celtic star has been linked with a move away from Ligue 1, with Chelsea said to be the main club chasing him – although Spurs have also reportedly become interested since learning of the severity of Harry Kane’s hamstring injury.
Chelsea could be set to offload Olivier Giroud in January, with Inter linked to the striker, but Lampard has insisted that a move must be right for his own club before a deal can be done.
Lampard would reportedly want to bring in another striker before Giroud would be allowed to leave, with Dembele said to be the club’s top target.
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But the former Chelsea captain says that there are currently no players close to joining his side, and that the striker had not been in club conversations about potential January transfers.
“Said it after the last game, if it’s right for everybody, [Giroud can leave],” Lampard told reporters. “First that’s us, then we will look at it. He has been a great professional here. I hold him in a lot of respect.
“Everyone is talking about it, his agent has spoken to the club. But it’s not done. It’s not necessarily about getting someone in first.
“[Dembele] is a player I know, and the club knows. But it is a surprise for his name to pop up so much when it’s not as much in my conversations. At the moment we are working very hard in the training ground.
“I don’t want to cut and dry on anyone, but it is not one we are talking about.
“Nothing is close.”