Chelsea manager Frank Lampard wants two priority transfer deals secured this month

Frank Lampard wants to sign a striker and a centre-half in the January transfer window.

Chelsea look set to splash the cash this month having seen their transfer embargo lifted and Frank Lampard is already identifying the areas he wants to strengthen.

The first area Lampard wants to improve, according to transfer expert Ian McGarry, is his options up front.

Tammy Abraham has led the line for the Blues this term but healthy competition is needed to keep the young Englishman on his toes.

“They have been linked with many, many players in this January window,” McGarry said on the Transfer Window podcast .

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“So far Frank Lampard, who of course is operating in his first transfer window as Chelsea manager and certainly his experience at Derby County is going to be a lot different in terms of finances available and quality of players that he would be looking at, has resisted the opportunity to dive into the market and just basically sign the first player who comes up.

“We know that the first priority is a striker who can back up Tammy Abraham.

“That is a position as I’ve said that they’re yet to fill, indeed it looks like Olivier Giroud will go to Inter Milan leaving only Michy Batshuayi as the recognised senior backup to Abraham – there’s interest in Batshuayi as well.”

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At the other end of the pitch Lampard wants fresh faces in the centre of defence.

Chelsea have been linked with activating a clause in Nathan Ake’s contract that can see them re-sign the Bournemouth defender for £40m.

They have also shown interest in Brighton captain Lewis Dunk.

“The second priority is a centre-half, he wants someone who can command a defence which has looked inconsistent at best with regards to conceding goals, especially at set-pieces,” McGarry added.

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